The Ins and Outs of Fluid Therapy

Category: Emergency Club


Dr. Meredith 't Hoen
EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care

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About The Webinar

There isn't always a clear cut answer on how to best administer fluids to our patients, especially those with comorbidities complicating fluid administration. So how do we make good clinical decisions? The basis to answering this question lies in understanding where various fluids end up in the body after we give them, and why. This lecture will provide a review of fluid therapy, specifically addressing the physiology of crystalloids and colloids, and their distribution between the intracellular and extracellular compartment. Differences between various fluid types will be highlighted in order to understand their application to certain clinical scenarios. Using our understanding of fluid distribution, a systematic approach to administering fluids to emergency and critical care patients will be discussed. This will include strategies to resuscitate patient with various forms of shock as well as the “sick” hospitalized patient.

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