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What is hydroxyethyl starch in sodium chloride injection?

By replacing lost plasma volume, hydroxyethyl starch in sodium chloride injection can treat a rapid drop in blood volume. Rapid drops in blood volume can occasionally occur while undergoing surgery or following surgery. Hydroxyethyl starch in sodium chloride injection is a solution that is administered intravenously. Its brand name is Voluven. It should not be used in critically ill patients, such as those with sepsis or who are being treated in the ICU. People with kidney disease also shouldn't receive it, and all people should have their kidney function monitored for 90 days after receiving it. It also shouldn't be given to people during heart bypass surgery. 

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