Fluid and Electrolyte Therapy

What would happen if your muscles no longer contracted? You couldn't eat and digest food and water. You would be unable to move, talk, and eventually your brain would be unable to function. Most importantly, your heart is a muscle and it would just stop beating.

In order for muscles to contract, your body needs the proper balance between fluids and electrolytes inside and outside of cells. Electrolytes are salts whose positive and negative charges generate the electrical impulse to contract muscles in your body.

Diseases and treatment of disease can cause fluids and electrolytes to become imbalanced and require the patient to receive medication to restore the balance. In this chapter, you'll learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of fluid and electrolyte imbalance and learn about therapeutic treatment that brings them back into balance.

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