Hypertonic resuscitation — a concentrated intravenous (IV) dose of saline and dextran, a sugar solution — has the potential to help survivors of blunt trauma by improving blood flow and delivery of oxygen to the injured brain while decreasing high pressure in the brain, a common problem for patients with brain injury.
Trauma care begins in the field, with paramedics and flight nurses providing airway management, spinal immobilization and IV fluids. Given to help replace lost blood and support blood flow to vital organs, IV fluids are especially important for trauma patients who have suffered brain injuries. Current pre-hospital treatment includes two liters of an IV saline solution having a similar concentration to human plasma.
The experimental hypertonic saline/dextran (HSD) solution is more concentrated than the current treatment and may offer potential benefits to victims of blunt trauma, Bulger says, including more rapid improvement of blood pressure, improved blood flow to the injured brain while decreasing the high pressure in the brain, and an altered immune system response which may decrease the risk of infection and acute respiratory distress syndrome.

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