Isotonic saline and 5% dextrose in water

| March 14, 2016

Question
Isotonic saline and 5% dextrose in water are solutions considered isotonic to human blood. What effect on red blood cells would you expect if a patient were given these fluids intravenously?A solution of 10% dextrose in water is hypertonic to human blood. What would happen if you were to infuse your patient with this solution?

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