Electrolyte imbalances may be very important in care of brain dead, organ procurement donors as well as outcome of recipients of organs. During a two year period, 50 brain dead patients were studied. Electrolytes were checked early after transporting to hospital and every 6 hours thereafter. Result of lab findings collected and analyzed by proper statistical methods. 50 patients studied from an Electrolyte imbalance point of view. Na + disturbance was present at 25 patient (50%), K+ disturbance at 4 cases (8-3%), and Ca ++ disturbance at all (100%) of cases. Cl- & Po4++ disturbance were not of clinical importance (P = 0.118). In conclusion, electrolyte disturbances are important factors in care of brain dead patients and can affect short and long –term outcome of recipients of procured organs. Due to importance of electrolyte imbalance correction in better outcome of transplantation of organs, it seems that precise care and early correction of electrolyte imbalances is mandatory in brain dead donors.
Volume : 6
Issue : 4
Pages : 39
Telemedicine Research Center, Lung Tansplant Research Center, Masih Daneshvari Hospital.Shaheed Beheshty Medical University