Colloids offer no benefits over crystalloids, study says

03/5/2013 | Medscape (free registration)

Using colloids to resuscitate critically ill patients with significant blood loss did not lead to a lower risk of death when compared with using less-expensive crystalloids, U.K. researchers reported in the Cochrane Library. The review showed no benefits to using colloids and noted one colloid, hydroxyethyl starch, may increase the risk of death.

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