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Crit Care. 2004 Aug;8(4):259-65. Epub 2004 May 5.

Bench-to-bedside review: treating acid-base abnormalities in the intensive care unit - the role of buffers.

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Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Abstract

The recognition and management of acid-base disorders is a commonplace activity for intensivists. Despite the frequency with which non-bicarbonate-losing forms of metabolic acidosis such as lactic acidosis occurs in critically ill patients, treatment is controversial. This article describes the properties of several buffering agents and reviews the evidence for their clinical efficacy. The evidence supporting and refuting attempts to correct arterial pH through the administration of currently available buffers is presented.

PMID:
15312208
PMCID:
PMC522834
DOI:
10.1186/cc2865
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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