Advantages and disadvantages of colloid and crystalloid fluids.

Nuffield Hospital, Ipswich.
Nursing times 01/2004; 100(10):32-3.
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ABSTRACT Plasma volume expanders--crystalloid, colloid, or a mixture of both--are used as fluid replacement in patients who have postoperative hypovoloaemia. Despite numerous clinical trials there is little evidence that either classification of plasma volume expander is more beneficial to mortality than the other.

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