Third-space fluid shift in elderly patients undergoing gastrointestinal surgery. Part 1: Pathophysiological mechanisms.

Maurine Redden, Karen Wotton

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    Abstract

    Third-space fluid shift, the movement of body fluid to a non-functional space, is a frequently occurring and potentially fatal clinical phenomenon. Little published research exists however in medical or nursing journals concerning its incidence, significance and ramifications in elderly patients undergoing major gastrointestinal surgery. This initial article, part I, explores fluid movement between fluid compartments and uses these principles to discuss the pathophysiology of the two distinct phases of third-space fluid shift. Part II will examine the criteria nurses could use in the clinical assessment of patients in both first and second phases third-space fluid shift and discuss the clinical reliability of these criteria.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)275-283
    Number of pages9
    JournalContemporary nurse : a journal for the Australian nursing profession
    Volume12
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2002

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