What should I know about sodium acetate before receiving it?

Sodium acetate is a solution that provides sodium, as an alternative to sodium chloride. It is used only after being diluted and is added to a large volume of fluids meant for an IV infusion. An overload of sodium is bad for the body and can lead to severe water retention, so sodium acetate should be used with a great deal of precaution in people who suffer from congestive heart failure, kidney and liver problems and edema. In addition, one must also be careful while administering sodium acetate to people who suffer from metabolic or respiratory alkalosis.

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