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Key concepts in fluid therapy
Small Animal Fluid Therapy, Acid-Base and Electrolyte Disorders
  1. Ava Firth

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Elisa Mazzaferro
192 pages, hardback, £39.99.
CRC Press. 2013.
ISBN 978 1 84076 167 2

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THIS book is a neat and concise summary of many key concepts in veterinary fluid therapy. It is very readable, and designed to give key facts that any practitioner needs to know about ‘any fluid that goes through an IV line’. Crystalloids, colloids, blood products and intravenous (IV) nutrition are all discussed. Further, the book includes 15 pages on electrolyte disorders – sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, phosphate and magnesium – that are succinct and will serve as a ready reference for the practitioner in a hurry. There are no surprises in the content and experienced practitioners will find this book to be familiar ground. Contrary to the title, however, the book does not deliver any information on acid-base theory or interpretation. There are no chapters …

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