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Study: Fresenius blood volume product increases risk of death in critically ill patients

A product made by Fresenius and B. Braun Holding to increase blood volume in critically ill patients increases the risk of death and kidney damage and should no longer be used, a researcher with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine recommended. Hydroxyethyl starch solution, also known as colloid fluid or crystalloid fluid, is used to stabilize patients with low blood pressure caused by conditions such as dehydration, blood loss, shock, and organ damage from blood infections. Hydroxyethyl starch is widely used in Europe, the UK and Canada, but not as popular in the U.S. An alternative fluid for ... Read More