Hey, I'm trying to write a 3 page essay in one of my EMS classes comparing Colloids vs. Crystalloids. I can't find hardly any material and no I'm stuck. I've come up with these three categories to compare-
1) mortality rate as compared to pts on the other type of therapy
2) field practicality- which is easier to use in different fields
3) cost effectiveness
Any tips? ideas? resources?
There are plenty of colloid vs. crystalloid comparisons available with a Medline search, though you'll probably have to do it from a proper library with subscriptions to medical journals--if you're trying to do it from home, you'll run into a lot of articles behind pay walls. Almost none of them will be EMS specific, but hey, at least it's something.
The prices could probably be found by going to a medical supply website that does more than EMS supplies (so something like Moore Medical might have colloid prices, while Dixie EMS probably wouldn't).