A new study out of Australia and New Zealand found new information relating to the treatment of patients with traumatic brain injuries. The "SAFE-TBI Study" published in the New England Journal of Medicine, confirms that the choice of resuscitation fluids affects the chances of patients with brain injury surviving their injury.
The study states that people who suffer a brain injury require resuscitation fluids to restore blood flow to the brain following trauma. Until now, specialists weren’t sure which fluid to use in this situation. The "SAFE-TBI Study" confirmed that patients resuscitated with albumin-based fluids immediately following brain injury, had a higher death rate than those who received saline.
This study stresses the importance for doctors to know that a patient’s chances of survival can be substantially improved by the administration of a readily available and inexpensive fluid such as saline.
You can read more on the SAFE-TBI Study here.