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What is a fluid challenge?
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PMID:  21508838     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The fluid challenge is used in the fluid management of many sick patients. The principle behind the fluid challenge technique is that by giving a small amount of fluid in a short period of time, the clinician can assess whether the patient has a preload reserve that can be used to increase the stroke volume with further fluids. The key components of a fluid challenge are described. RECENT FINDINGS: Dynamic predictors of fluid responsiveness are increasingly used in preference to the central venous and pulmonary artery occlusion pressure. The gold standard to monitor the response to a fluid challenge is using a continuous cardiac output monitoring. Fluid therapy guided by flow monitoring has been shown to reduce hospital stay and postoperative complications. SUMMARY: A fluid challenge identifies and simultaneously treats volume depletion, whilst avoiding deleterious consequences of fluid overload through its small volume and targeted administration.
Maurizio Cecconi; Anthony K Parsons; Andrew Rhodes
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-4-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current opinion in critical care     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1531-7072     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-4-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504454     Medline TA:  Curr Opin Crit Care     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Intensive Care Medicine, St George's Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK.
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