"These findings will reinforce [those] recommendations," he said.
Taylor stressed, however, that it would still be helpful to find alternatives to both albumin and saline.
A person in the intensive care unit (ICU) can have 1-2 liters more of fluid going into their body than out, said Taylor. Each liter weighs 1 kilogram, or 2.2 pounds.
"It's possible to gain anywhere from 8-10 pounds in fluid [in the ICU] so it would be a great to have an alternative to 10 pounds of weight," he said. However, a starch solution "is not a good alternative because it increases the risk of dying or needing dialysis," Taylor said.
There's more on critical care medicine at the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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