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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Saline load test was performed bedside in every patient.
and Saline load test (Goldstein) of more than 400 ml remnant.
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.