Showing posts with label ringers lactate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ringers lactate. Show all posts

Thursday, September 19, 2019

0.9% Saline vs. Ringer's Lactate: Which one causes an increase in potassium?

Effects of Normal Saline vs. Lactated Ringer's during Renal Transplantation

0.9% saline is 154mmol/L of sodium and 154mmol/L of chloride. That's it. There's no potassium, calcium, magnesium, nor buffering agent in there. Ringer's lactate, however, has 130mmol/L of sodium, 109mmol/L of chloride, 4mmol/L of potassium, 28mmol/L of lactate, and 3mmol/L of calcium. One would expect that the solution containing potassium would cause a greater increase in potassium than the one without potassium, right? Well, not so fast. Large volumes of sodium chloride, produce a hyperchloremic metabolic acidosis. What happens during acidosis? Well, there's a shift of potassium from the intracellular space to the extra cellular space. Much of this has to do with the strong ion difference which I will be breaking down in the near future. In this study, 52 patients patients received either LR or NS during their renal transplants.

Here are the findings: This has been copied and pasted from the article. Please download it and read it for yourself.

"Patients in the NS group had a lower mean PH level during the transplantation compared with those who received LR (p < 0. 001).

Mean serum potassium levels in the NS and LR groups were 4.88 ± 0.7 and 4.03 ± 0.8 meq/L, respectively (p < 0.001).

Mean changes of the serum potassium were +0.5 ± 0.6 meq/L in the NS group and –0.5 ± 0.9 meq/L in the LR group (p < 0.001).

Mean changes of PH were −0.06 ± 0.05 in the NS group and –0.005 ± 0.07 in the LR group (p < 0.001)"

If next time someone tells you that LR causes hyperkalemia, you can be armed with data. I have other articles with similar results that I plan on sharing in the upcoming days.

I don't know what to make of that thrombosis phenomenon they found. Must keep an eye out for more data regarding that.

Mohammad Reza Khajavi, Farhad Etezadi, Reza Shariat Moharari, Farsad Imani, Ali Pasha Meysamie, Patricia Khashayar & Atabak Najafi (2008) Effects of Normal Saline vs. Lactated Ringer's during Renal Transplantation, Renal Failure, 30:5, 535-539

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Does using Balanced Crystalloids vs. Saline improve mortality in sepsis?

Balanced Crystalloids Versus Saline in Sepsis: A Secondary Analysis of the SMART Trial

Sometimes we need to make minor adjustments in what we do in the ICU to see a difference. I have been going off for several years now on my instagram account as well as YouTube channel regarding the importance of utilizing balanced crystalloids such as lactated ringers or plasma-lyte and I keep on hearing "there's no mortality benefit". Well, now there's data showing that there is. I knew it was just a matter of time. It just makes sense. This analysis is a piggyback on the SMART trial performed by the good people over at Vanderbilt published last year in the NEJM. In that study and therefore this study, they looked at using saline solution versus either lactated ringers or plasma-lyte. You may be asking yourself "but I thought that study didn't show any mortality benefit". You are correct, it didn't, but that finding was regarding all critically ill patients.

This study looked at 30 day mortality in patients in the MICU who were septic. All in all, they looked at 1641 patients with the diagnosis of sepsis. Note: not necessarily septic shock. 34.1% of patients were on vasopressors and 40% were on the vent.

Here are the outcomes:
30 day mortality: 26.3% in the balanced crystalloids group vs. 31.2% in the saline group (p=0.01)
Patients who received balanced crystalloids had more days free of vasopressors, free of dialysis days, lower plasma lactate concentrations after ICU admission.
Debate settled? Well, no. But check out the article for yourself before taking my opinion as gospel.


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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Balanced Crystalloids Versus Saline in Critically Ill Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

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I honestly wonder how much data is enough data to change some minds. This is why I am counting on you all, people who are trying to keep up with this flurry of data to the best of your ability, to go through medical school, residency, possibly fellowship with a healthy respect for 0.9% saline solution. It may seem like it's hopeless from time to time to change decades worth of practice. Heck, my first IVF resuscitation video is almost 2.5 years old and has almost 39000 views! Hopefully the studies which will be published within the upcoming 2 years will hit the nail on the head. You can see the data from the slides, using saline versus balanced salt solutions increased mortality in the critically ill, increased acute kidney injury, and kept the patients on the ventilator for a longer period of time. To those harping about the increased costs of one fluid versus the next, consider the cost of one ventilator day. Consider the risks involved with each day on the vent. Consider the financial strain from working up every-single-case of AKI. This stuff adds up, colleagues. Anyway. A hat tip to the authors! 

- EJ

Abstract Copied/Pasted from the article above. 
Background: The optimal resuscitative fluid remains controversial. 
Objective: To assess the association between crystalloid fluid and outcomes in critically ill adults. Methods: Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, Scopus, PubMed, and Cochrane Central Register for Controlled Trials were searched from inception through July 2019. Cohort studies and randomized trials of critically ill adults provided predominantly nonperioperative fluid resuscitation with balanced crystalloids or 0.9% sodium chloride (saline) were included. 
Results: Thirteen studies (n = 30 950) were included. 
Balanced crystalloids demonstrated lower hospital or 28-/30-day mortality (risk ratio [RR] = 0.86; 95% CI = 0.75-0.99; I2 = 82%) overall, in observational studies (RR = 0.64; 95% CI = 0.41-0.99; I2 = 63%), and approached significance in randomized trials (RR = 0.94; 95% CI = 0.88-1.02; I2 = 0%). 
New acute kidney injury occurred less frequently with balanced crystalloids (RR = 0.91; 95% CI = 0.85-0.98; I2 = 0%), though progression to renal replacement therapy was similar (RR = 0.91; 95% CI = 0.79-1.04; I2 = 38%). 
In the sepsis cohort, odds of hospital or 28-/30-day mortality were similar, but the odds of major adverse kidney events occurring in the first 30 days were less with balanced crystalloids than saline (OR = 0.78; 95% CI = 0.66-0.91; I2 = 42%). 
Conclusion and Relevance: Resuscitation with balanced crystalloids demonstrated lower hospital or 28-/30-day mortality compared with saline in critically ill adults but not specifically those with sepsis. Balanced crystalloids should be provided preferentially to saline in most critically ill adult patients.