open access

Vol 46, No 5 (2014 Nov-Dec)
Review articles
Submitted: 2014-11-28
Accepted: 2014-11-28

Why hydroxyethyl starch solutions should NOT be banned from the operating room

Stefan De Hert, Luc De Baerdemaeker
DOI: 10.5603/AIT.2014.0057
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Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2014;46(5):336-341.

open access

Vol 46, No 5 (2014 Nov-Dec)
Review articles
Submitted: 2014-11-28
Accepted: 2014-11-28

Abstract

This review summarises the new insights into the physiology of perioperative fluid therapy and analyses recent studies of the safety of the use of HES solutions in the fluid management of critically ill patients. This analysis reveals a number of methodological issues in the three major studies that have initiated the recommendation of the European Medicine Agency to ban hydroxyethyl starches from clinical practice. It is concluded that, when used in the proper indication, and taking into account the recommended doses, hydroxyethyl starches continue to have a place in perioperative fluid management.

Keywords

hydroxyethyl starches, perioperative period, safety

About this article
Title

Why hydroxyethyl starch solutions should NOT be banned from the operating room

Journal

Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy

Issue

Vol 46, No 5 (2014 Nov-Dec)

Pages

336-341

DOI

10.5603/AIT.2014.0057

Bibliographic record

Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2014;46(5):336-341.

Keywords

hydroxyethyl starches
perioperative period
safety

Authors

Stefan De Hert
Luc De Baerdemaeker

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