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Colloids versus crystalloids for fluid resuscitation in critically ill patients.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Cochrane database of systematic reviews
Publication Date
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD000567.pub4
PMID: 21412866
Source
Medline
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Abstract

There is no evidence from RCTs that resuscitation with colloids reduces the risk of death, compared to resuscitation with crystalloids, in patients with trauma, burns or following surgery. As colloids are not associated with an improvement in survival, and as they are more expensive than crystalloids, it is hard to see how their continued use in these patients can be justified outside the context of RCTs.

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