Interpreting the fluid requirements of a patient and working out what to do next can seem like a daunting task for the non-specialist, yet it is a skill that any doctor, nurse or paramedic needs to be fully appraised of and comfortable with.
Making Sense of Fluids and Electrolytes has been written specifically with this in mind, and will help the student and more experienced practitioner working across a variety of healthcare settings to understand why fluid imbalance in a patient may occur, to assess quickly a patient's fluid needs through a thorough clinical assessment and to develop an effective management plan. Reflecting the latest guidelines, this practical, easy-to-read and easy-to remember guide will be an invaluable tool to aid speedy and appropriate management in emergency situations, on the ward and in the clinic.
How to use this book. Fluid Assessment. Keeping the Balance: Physiology, Electrolytes and Intravenous Fluids. Cardiac Arrest and Shock. Intravenous Fluid Therapy in Medical Patients. Fluid therapy management in Surgical Patients. Blood Products and Transfusion.