A comparison of pentastarch and lactated Ringer's solution in the resuscitation of patients with hemorrhagic shock.

Pentastarch is a colloid that is chemically similar to Hetastarch. It has a shorter half-life (12 hr), and produces volume expansion at least 1.5 times the administered volume. We compared Pentastarch to Ringer's lactate in 41 patients (21 Pentastarch, 20 Ringer's lactate) presenting with hemorrhagic shock. The groups were similar in age, sex, race, and… CONTINUE READING