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Starch used in resuscitation increases risk of kidney failure

A starch fluid widely used to resuscitate patients in intensive care units has been found to increase the risk of acute kidney failure.

A study tested 7,000 adults treated in ICU with either starch or saline for fluid resuscitation, and found starch provided no clinical benefit compared to saline.

Resuscitation with starch did, however, result in a 21% higher incidence of renal replacement therapy to treat kidney failure.

Read more at George Institue for Global Health

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