For citation purposes: Garc?a X, Gruartmoner G, Mesquida J. Fluid optimization strategies in critical care patients. OA Critical Care 2013 Apr 01;1(1):4.

Critical review

Anaesthesiology, Perioperative & Critical Care Medicine

Fluid optimization strategies in critical care patients

X García, G Gruartmoner, Mesquida J

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Critical Care Center, Hospital de Sabadell, Corporació Sanitària Universitària Parc Taulí, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

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Fluid optimization is an important feature in haemodynamic resuscitation. Despite recent advances, fluid management in clinical practice remains sometimes highly empirical. Well-defined endpoints of resuscitation, not only global but also focused on the microcirculatory level, as well as the correct timing for fluids administration, always according to any of the available parameters to asses fluid-responsiveness, are the essential points in order to optimize resuscitation with fluids avoiding deleterious effects. The aim of this paper is to discuss fluid optimization strategies in critical care patients.


Fluid management is a key feature in the haemodynamic resuscitation of critically ill patients and its optimization is important for a patient’s outcome.

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