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Hi all,
Long time lurker, first time poster. I hope I don't catch too much hate for this, but here goes.

I'm looking to get my hands on Hespan (6% hetastarch in normal saline). Ideally I'm looking for 2-5 500ml bags. Hextend (6% hetastarch in ringers) would work, but I would prefer the Hespan.

Yes I know what it does, I know how to use it, I've used it before, and I know it is infinitely more dangerous than saline if used incorrectly (namely in excess).

Any leads would be great, thank you! :D

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 10:38 pm 
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Good luck with this, I haven't even seen it in the ERs I frequent or in the pharmacy PIXYS systems.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 12:48 am 
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I know, right? My cousin is a doc and might write for some for me. But I'd rather not need to ask. Of course I could wait two years and write for it myself, but who has patience for that?

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What benefit do you want from it? I'm just curious.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 12:22 pm 
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Fluid replacement in an austere environment. I'd rather not carry 8 liters of NS :p

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Can you expand on that idea? My understanding is that hespan pulls from the third space. So while it would work as a volume expander, it would actually wind up contributing to overall dehydration. You could use it in conjunction with saline or the like, so that the saline winds up in the second and third space and the hespan winds up in the circulatory system, but I have not heard of hespan alone being recommended for wilderness use. Thoughts?

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Very true, and yes I would be carrying some NS. But you hit the nail on the head. I want more fluid within the vasculature. It's not a long term solution by itself, but it's great when you have a prolonged transport, etc. The literature can explain this better than I can, and I dont want to quote it incorrectly and sound like a moron. The committee on TCCC has an article that I found very informative. The Hespan I so deeply desire is not for management of simple dehydration, it's for correcting profound hypotension in a critical patient.

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Enema ftw! Very effective for dehydration, no sterile equipment needed and you can just use semi-potable water instead of saline.

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Youre absolutely right. For simple rehydration in an austere environment, it's a good option. Although there is still potential for transmission of pathogens, it is much less likely than with a peripheral iv. Im more worried about volume replacement in the hypotensive patient as opposed to simple rehydration. Damn I want me some Hespan lol.

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Not to divert topics, but what's your plan for fluids? I started out with three 1000 ml bags (rotating mix of NSS, LR, and some mixed fluids) in my trunk kit, but at this point I rock just two 500 ml bags of saline and call it a day. How much are you carrying, and in what type of kit?

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Currently its 500ml NS x2, but thats designed for a civilian system with 8 minute transports where i am licensed, have a medical director, etc. My plan is Hespan 500ml x2 (my plan is to use the TCCC protocol, because it works) and NS 500ml x1. My "PAW" or "SHTF" kit is... Currently a pile on the floor, as I'm waiting for my new bag to come in. Its a PAX Dresden, sent to me by a friend from Ireland. Once its all put together Ill post some gear porn lol.

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Cool. If you find a legit hespan source, let us know.

So, is this a TCCC bag? I see you're an instructor, did you serve as a corpsman or medic, or is your tac med experience civilian based? The 2:1 hespan ratio makes more sense if this is a gun-fighting kit.

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Found a source for hespan....

My medical director!!

Anyway, yes it is for a tac kit. I'm a civilian tactical paramedic (tc3, tp-c, etc) on an on-call dedicated tems unit.

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Cool, so, besides the fluids, what are you carrying? What does your loadout look like?

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Once my system is complete, I'll do a YouTube video on it. It may not include my tac bag, as that is kept locked up in the armory, but I will talk about how I stocked and organized it. Prepare to be shocked and amazed :P

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