Hypersonic saline

  1. I work in a mixed unit but we don't get much neuro. When administering hypersonic saline s/p TBI, where do you want your serum sodium to be? I've seen 1 where they wanted it above 145.this makes sense to me because it would create the gradient you want and decrease edema. But I have a pt now that has an order to hold for sodium greater than 145. Thoughts?
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   meanmaryjean
    Well, first of all, it's hyperTonic saline
  4. by   icuRNmaggie
    Use the search engine to find a recent a thread titled " hyponatremia and 3% NACL. "
  5. by   cayenne06
    aw man, I opened this thread all curious to find out what hypersonic saline was! lol
  6. by   Underthemoonicp6
    Haha sorry darn autocorrect
  7. by   amajeste
    I work in a Neuro ICU in New Orleans. Normally, we want our sodium levels to be 150-155 to decrease cerebral edema. Typically with TBIs a NCC provider may want to decrease the hypertonic saline to assess for cerebral salt wasting especially if you've been consistently titration the 3% Saline and haven't seen a significant increase in the serum sodium and have an increase UO.

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