Effects of a predominantly hydroxyethyl starch (HES)-based and a predominantly non HES-based fluid therapy on renal function in surgical ICU patients.

Schabinski F, Oishi J, Tuche F, et al.
Intensive Care Med 2009; June 17 [Epub ahead of print].
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Review by : P. Van der Linden
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This before-and-after retrospective study reported that cumulative doses > 33 mL/kg of either 6% HES 130/0.4 or 4% modified fluid gelatin may be associated with a higher risk of acute renal failure in surgical ICU patients. This study presents several limitations that hampers a clear interpretation of the results.

– Philippe Van der Linden

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