Episode 18 – Fluid Resuscitation: What to Base It On

Base deficit and excess are reliable biomarkers in determining the severity of our patients’ conditions. But is a deficit an automatic indicator for fluid resuscitation, as some may believe? Tune in as we discuss acid/base balance and what you should and should not base fluid resuscitation on. We also include an updated mnemonic that will help you remember the causes of metabolic acidosis:


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