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FDA Warns Against Using HES in Critical Patients due to Fatality Risk

Destiny Baker3 years ago

The Food and Drug Administration has decided to limit the use of Hydroxethyl Starch (HES), a blood volume expander, in critically ill patients or those in intensive care due increased risks of renal (kidney) injury and death.

The Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a press release saying it has decided to suspend the drug's use in the United Kingdom alltogether.

About Hydroxethyl (HES)

Hydroxethyl Starch (HES) is used to expand plasma in patients who have a diminished volume of circulating blood in there body.  This often occurs after severe blood loss or an extreme loss of sodium and intravascular water (excessive sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting).

Limiting HES’s Use

  • The FDA found that patients being treated with HES run a higher risk of renal (kidney) injury and mortality.
  • The use of HES may result in excess bleeding during open heart surgery.
  • The FDA warns that clinicians should stop using HES therapy at the first sign of renal injury.
  • Clinicians should also stop treatment at the first sign of coagulopathy (blood coagulating either too slow or to fast).
  • The MHRA has suspended use of HES drips as of June 27 stating its “benefits no longer outweigh the risks.”
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