Fluid overload in critical care patients: the new iatrogenic syndrome

Category: Emergency Club


Chiara Valtolina

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About The Webinar

Fluids are considered the cornerstone of therapy for many shock states, particularly states that are associated with relative or absolute hypovolemia. Fluids are also commonly used for many other purposes, such as renal protection from endogenous and exogenous substances, for the safe dilution of medications and as “maintenance” fluids and correction of dehydration. However, a large amount of evidence from the last decade has shown that fluids can have deleterious effects on several organ functions, both from excessive amounts of fluids and from their non-physiological electrolyte composition. In this presentation we will review how fluid overload manifests , the evidence form human and veterinary medicine and we will discuss how we can try to reduce fluid overload in our patients.

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