Fluid Resuscitation of the Adult Trauma Patient: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?

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The resuscitation of an adult trauma patient has been researched and written about for the past century. Throughout those discussions, 2 major controversies persist when discussing resuscitation methods: (1) the ideal choice of fluid type to use during the initial resuscitation period, and (2) the ideal fluid volume to infuse during the initial resuscitation period. This article presents a brief historical perspective of fluids used during a trauma resuscitation, along with the latest research findings as they relate to the 2 stated issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-247
Number of pages11
JournalNursing Clinics of North America
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2017



  • Blood
  • Colloids
  • Crystalloids
  • Fluids
  • Resuscitation
  • Trauma
  • Volume

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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