saline load test

saline load test

The injection of normal saline into a vein or body part for diagnostic purposes.

Patient care

Intravenous saline load tests (fluid bolus) are used in cardiology to raise a person's blood pressure or the assess response to salty fluids in a patient with prerenal azotemia. In wound care, saline loading may be used to determine if a laceration has entered a nearby joint and therefore whether orthopedic surgery may be needed to repair the injury.

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The modern diagnostic approach to evaluation of open knee joint injuries not readily diagnosed on clinical examination or a plain radiograph is to perform the Saline Load Test (SLT).
The saline load test of the knee redefined: a test to detect traumatic arthrotomies and rule out periarticular wounds not requiring surgical intervention.
Computed tomography scan to detect traumatic arthrotomies and identify periarticular wounds not requiring surgical intervention: an improvement over the saline load test.
Saline load test for penetration of periarticular lacerations.
The accuracy of the saline load test in the diagnosis of traumatic knee arthrotomies.