This study will investigate how we can help treat patients suffering from shock by the targeted use of specific fluids and medications. Shock is an acute medical condition in which the organs and tissues of the body are not receiving an adequate flow of blood. It is associated with a fall in blood pressure, a build-up in waste products and can result in serious organ damage and even death. We hope to improve our ability to treat shock by evaluating fluid management from the blood samples of a group of healthy volunteers.
Calculating Osmotic Pressure in Healthy Patients
This study contributes to the work of Dr Frank Prior who is developing a tool to be used in the treatment of shock.
It is known that shock creates a set of internal conditions that affect vasculature and that these conditions can vary over time and are dependent on the type of shock. This tool reveals the condition of the vasculature and therefore informs which fluid and drugs are best advised for that patient at that time.
Calculating Osmotic Pressure in Healthy Patients (COPs)