The intravenous use of coconut water

The intravenous use of coconut water. Campbell-Falck D et al. ( Am J Emerg Med 18 (1): 108–11, 2000).

The intravenous use of coconut water. Campbell-Falck D et al. (Am J Emerg Med 18 (1): 108–11, 2000).

Abstract of The intravenous use of coconut water:

“Medical resources routinely used for intravenous hydration and resuscitation of critically ill patients may be limited in remote regions of the world. When faced with these shortages, physicians have had to improvise with the available resources, or simply do without. We report the successful use of coconut water as a short-term intravenous hydration fluid for a Solomon Island patient, a laboratory analysis of the local coconuts, and a review of previously documented intravenous coconut use.”

The authors conclude with:

“In conclusion, we report a case in which coconut water was administered intravenously in a Solomon Island patient without adverse effects. Coconut fluid has been shown to be an effective form of intravenous hydration solution in small volumes over short periods of time, and can be considered a temporizing alternative to standard intravenous fluids in remote areas where supplies are scarce and coconuts, abundant and inexpensive. Additionally, it is a good source of potassium, chloride, and calcium and its use could be further indicated in situations in which these specific electrolytes need to be urgently increased”

Source: Campbell-Falck D et al., Am J Emerg Med 18 (1): 108–11, 2000