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What is hetastarch?
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: Hetastarch
Hetastarch (Hespan / hydroxyethyl startch) is a starch that is used to expand plasma.
It has been used to ^ plasma volume related to shock.

In brief: Hetastarch
Hetastarch (Hespan / hydroxyethyl startch) is a starch that is used to expand plasma.
It has been used to ^ plasma volume related to shock.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Rishi Kumar
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Colloid
Fluids are namely divided into two types - crystalloids (water + ions) and colloids (water + ions + "heavier molecules" like carbs/proteins).
Hetastarch is a type of colloid containing starch (a carbohydrate). Albumin (a protein) is another colloid.

In brief: Colloid
Fluids are namely divided into two types - crystalloids (water + ions) and colloids (water + ions + "heavier molecules" like carbs/proteins).
Hetastarch is a type of colloid containing starch (a carbohydrate). Albumin (a protein) is another colloid.
Rishi Kumar
Rishi Kumar
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