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Fluid Resuscitation in the Trauma Patient

Gonzales, Elizabeth Anne MSN, ACNP-BC, CCRN

doi: 10.1097/01.JTN.0000337160.46582.d7
Section: TRAUMA LIBRARY IN REVIEW
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Trauma is responsible for 25% of all emergency department visits causing a healthcare burden of more than $400 billion a year. Timely and appropriate fluid resuscitation may mean the difference between survival and death. Controversy surrounds the best method of fluid resuscitation for optimum recovery. This article will evaluate current research regarding the various types of fluid resuscitation in the trauma population. Colloid and crystalloid fluid will be compared describing the risks and benefits of each.

Elizabeth Anne Gonzales, MSN, ACNP-BC, CCRN, is with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and also with Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Sugar Land, Texas.

Corresponding Author: Elizabeth Anne Gonzales, MSN, ACNP-BC, CCRN, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 7000 Fannin, Suite 1200, Houston, TX 77030 (bettygonzales@yahoo.com).

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.