n Cardiovascular Journal of Africa - Is double-blinding possible while administering fluids in the intensive care unit? : letter to the editor
|Article Title||Is double-blinding possible while administering fluids in the intensive care unit? : letter to the editor|
|© Publisher:||Clinics Cardive Publishing|
|Journal||Cardiovascular Journal of Africa|
|Affiliations||1 Medicana International Ankara Hospital, Turkey, 2 Medicana International Ankara Hospital, Turkey, 3 Medicana International Ankara Hospital, Turkey, 4 Hacettepe University, Turkey, 5 Hacettepe University, Turkey and 6 Diyarbakir Military Hospital, Turkey|
|Publication Date||May 2013|
The publication by Alavi SM et al. highlights a subject with an ongoing debate, namely the 'crystalloid-colloid and colloid-colloid use following cardiac surgery'. They designed a randomised, double-blind clinical trial and compared the effects of three different solutions; 0.9% Ringer's lactate, 4% gelatin and 6% hydroxyethyl starch (HES) solution. They concluded that the HES solution was better in terms of the volume-expanding effect; lower amounts were required compared to the other two solutions, and short-term renal functions were better.
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