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Saline (Overview)

Saline water is a general term for water that contains a significant concentration of dissolved salts (nacl). In medicine we use saline solution for IV hydration. Normal saline (ns) is the commonly-used phrase for a solution of 0.90% w/v of nacl, about 300 mosm/l or 9.0 g per liter.


Saline (Overview)

Saline water is a general term for water that contains a significant concentration of dissolved salts (nacl). In medicine we use saline solution for IV hydration. Normal saline (ns) is the commonly-used phrase for a solution of 0.90% w/v of nacl, about 300 mosm/l or 9.0 g per liter.


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What is the definition or description of: saline?

What is the definition or description of: saline?

Salt water: Saline water is a general term for water that contains a significant concentration of dissolved salts (nacl). In medicine we use saline solution for IV hydration. Normal saline (ns) is the commonly-used phrase for a solution of 0.90% w/v of nacl, about 300 mosm/l or 9.0 g per liter. ...Read more

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Please explain why is saline used for wound cleansing?

Please explain why is saline used for wound cleansing?

Basic and gentle: Saline is basically a weak solution of salt in water. This closely matches the basic fluid component in our bodies and therefore is very similar to what the cells are used to "bathing" in. Things like betadine, peroxide and alcohol are very damaging to the cells as is "letting the air get to it". You should wet a gauze pad with saline and gently clean the surface of the wound. Dress it after. ...Read more

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Can too much saline do harm?

Can too much saline do harm?

Too much salt: Normal saline is basically salt water--with slightly high content of salt than your blood. If given via IV route, too much saline can cause volume overload, excess salt, leading to hypertension, edema, and/or possible heart failure etc. It is often only given in hospital/nursing facility where the person is monitored regularly. Too much of anything is not good. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How is saline hemodialysis performed?

How is saline hemodialysis performed?

Using saline: During hemodialysis heparin is used to prevent clotting in the system at entrance (arterial end) when blood returns back (venous end) unclothed state. Some times heparin is contraindicated (like reaction to it etc) then saline is used continuously or intermittent flush to prevent clotting in extracorporeal system. ...Read more

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How do you use saline for congestion?

How do you use saline for congestion?

Saline drops: Nasal saline drops. Put 2-3 drops in each nostrils and use a nasal suction to suction the nostril after a few seconds. You can also use saline in nebulizer too. (use saline designed for inhalation). ...Read more

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How can a saline solution clean a wound?

How can a saline solution clean a wound?

Basic and Gentle: Saline is basically a weak solution of salt in water. This closely matches the basic fluid component in our bodies and therefore is very similar to what the cells are used to "bathing" in. Things like betadine, peroxide and alcohol are very damaging to the cells as is "letting the air get to it". You should wet a gauze pad with saline and gently clean the surface of the wound. Dress it after. ...Read more

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How does normal saline correct alkalosis?

Normal saline: Isn't normal, there is extra chloride which causes an acidosis ...Read more

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Can I give my 3month old baby saline nebs?

Yes: It often helps them deal with heavy mucous secretions and cough them up easier. ...Read more

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Where can I get an inexpensive saline solution?

Saline Solution: Depending on what you are doing with the saline solution, it may or may not have to be sterile. If the solution must be sterile, you will likely need a doctor's prescription. If the saline does not have to be sterile, ask your pharmacist. Once you know the strength you need, your pharmacist should be able to give you a "recipe" for preparing it at home with table salt and water. ...Read more

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How can normal saline 0.9% nacl correct alkalosis?

How can normal saline 0.9% nacl correct alkalosis?

Cause makes acidosis: Normal saline is full of chlorides. Excess chlorides are a known to produce a state called normal anion gap metabolic acidosis. Since acidosis is the opposite of alkalosis, therefore it neutralizes it. ...Read more

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What is the difference between silicone and saline?

Very different: Saline means salt water. That's it. Silicone is a chemical compound containing silicon. When used in medicine or implants, the saline is usually either very close to the same salinity (strength) as the human body or half a percent lower (used in intravenous fluids or medicines). ...Read more

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What else can I put my contacts in besides saline solution?

Many contact lens: Solutions are available. Saline is not sufficient for storage as it does not clean or disinfect the contacts. In my opinion, peroxide based cleaning systems, like clear care, are the best. Many people use multipurpose solutions as well. ...Read more

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I was just sent to ER for 3 bags of IV saline fluid, is that alot?

Not really.: For someone your age, it isn't all that much. I don't know, of course, what the IV fluids were given for, but three liters should not cause any issues. ...Read more

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Is there a big differance between silicon and saline side affects or dangers?

No: Saline implants are a silicone balloon filled with IV fluid-saline. Silicone implants are silicone balloons filled with silicone gel.
Silicone implants are softer, more natural, with less chance of seeing ripples. There is minimal danger with each, but if silicone leaks it should be removed. The only way to diagnose a leak is with an mri. ...Read more

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When treating hypernatremia why is normal saline preferred over ½ normal saline?

IV fluids: One of the reasons people who are dehydrated (d) receive Normal Saline (ns) is that they are hypotensive from whatever caused their d. If they are not hypotensive it is more prudent that they receive 1/2 saline to give them fluid in excess of salt. An alternate IV therapy for d is giving those patients 5% dextrose which delivers no sodium to them, if they are not hypotensive. ...Read more

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One of my contacts is stuck and the saline solution is not working. What can I do?

One of my contacts is stuck and the saline solution is not working. What can I do?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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How does saline and albumin provide a safe plasma substitute since it's still not regular plasma?

How does saline and albumin provide a safe plasma substitute since it's still not regular plasma?

By staying in vessel: This is a short term fix that is used to maintain circulation by providing material that stays inside the blood vessels, supporting the blood pressure, instead of leaking into the tissue spaces. The size and actions of the albumen molecule allow this, while water or saline would be not. Other blood elements must do the work of nourishing the tissues with oxygen, but keeping BP up is important. ...Read more

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My platelate count is 69, 000 /c.Mm is necessary for me to get admitted to get the medicines via saline?

No: Unless you are bleeding no need for admission. However you need to talk to your doctor why it is low and follow it closely. ...Read more

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Does IV saline fluids flush out or dilute medications for ssri in about an hour after taking the medication?

Unlikely: No, it's unlikely for that medication to be flushed out with IV saline. The medication is broken down by the liver and therefore usually requires up to several days to completely leave your system. ...Read more

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Is there an advantage of using 10% DW vs Normal Saline as a medium for intravenous drip or there is no advantage?

Intravenous fluids: Are selected specifically in different clinical situations. Sometimes it is important to have glucose in the solution and other times restricting the glucose and only using electrolytes is more appropriate. After you complete medical school and residency training you will be able to appreciate the advantages and select the proper solutions for your patients. ...Read more

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Is 2000ml of normal saline too much fluid over 8 hrs? And when u flush the line with heparin is that going into my system?

IV Hydration: No and yes. This is a safe amount of fluid as long as you do not have renal failure. The Heparin does go into your vein. But, this medication does not last long. It dissolves very rapidly and is not thought to be of any danger in such a small dose. ...Read more

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My platelate count is 69, 000 /c.Mm is it necessary for me to get admitted to get the medicines via saline to increase the count?

To see doctor: You need to see your doctor to have further tests and evaluation. First of alll, the test should be repeated to confirm the level.. If confirmed, you need to know why your platelet level s low. There are different things that can explain such as platelet clumpings, autoimmune problems, ibone marrow insuficiency/ problems, malignancy, infection, itp, etc. See your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Nasivion saline, is it an antibiotic?

Nasivion saline, is it an antibiotic?

NO: It is a nasal decongestant - opening up blocked nose ...Read more

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How long does a saline ultrasound take?

How long does a saline ultrasound take?

15-20 minutes: Saline ultrasound is also called sonohysterogram. It is like your pelvic exam with speculum inserted except then a small catheter is inserted through the cervix to infuse the saline. The sonogram probe is re-inserted and the endometrial lining is carefully observed while the saline goes in, distending the canal. You may experience cramping during and after this test. ...Read more

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Can I use saline hours after using flonase?

Can I use saline hours after using flonase?

Yes: You can use saline in a sinus rinse after using the Flonase but I would wait for at least on hour. If you are just using the sinus spray like wetting drops this should not be a problem either. ...Read more

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What effect does too much saline intake have?

What effect does too much saline intake have?

Too much salt: Expands blood volume
heart beats faster and BP goes up
Stroke
heart attack
congestive heart failure
renal failure
ruptured brain or aorta aneurysm
hardening of the arteries causing blockage to brain, heart, kidneys, penis and legs. ...Read more

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Is a saline enema more effective than a normal one?

Is a saline enema more effective than a normal one?

Enemas: A saline enema is just plain salt water. It is effective but does not contain a cathartic such as phospho soda. Basically, you are just flushing yourself out with liquid. ...Read more