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Table 2 Electrolyte composition of commonly used colloids

From: Bench-to-bedside review: Chloride in critical illness

  Concentration (mmol/l)
  Plasma Gelofusine® Albumex®4 Voluven®(HES 6% 130/0.4)/Venofundin®(HES 6% 130/0.42) Hextend®(HES 6% 130/0.4) Tetraspan®(HES 6% 130/0.42)
Sodium 140 154 140 154 143 140
Potassium 5 0 0 0 3 4.0
Chloride 100 125 128 154 124 118
Calcium 2.2 0 0 0 2.5 2.5
Magnesium 1 0 0 0 0.5 1.0
Bicarbonate 24 0 0 0 0 0
Lactate 1 0 0 0 28 0
Acetate 0 0 0 0 0 24
Malate 0 0 0 0 0 5
Octanoate 0 0 6.4 0 0 0
  1. HES, hydroxyethyl starch. Gelofusine®, Venofundin® and Tetraspan® from B Braun (Melsungen, Germany). Albumex®4 from CSL Limited (Broadmeadows, Victoria, Australia). Voluven® from Fresenius-Kabi (Bad Homburg, Germany). Hextend® from BioTime Inc. (Berkeley, CA, USA).