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Fluid therapy: for heat exhaustion
Contributor(s): Elisa Mazzaferro, Claire Waters
- Simple water deficit ’ evaporative losses.
- See hyperthermia Hyperthermia.
- Cool rapidly and give hypotonic fluid.
Do not cool past 103 degreesF, as can overshoot and become hypothermic.
- Give isotonic fluids first if cardiovascular collapse presents.
For composition of solutions see Parenteral fluids comparison table Parenteral fluids comparison table.
- Monitor PCV/TS as total protein/albumin may decrease with increased temperature and vasculitis. May need to add colloids such as hetastarch, dextrans or plasma if hypoproteinemia occurs.