Theoretical outcome of therapy of metabolic acidosis in 121 diarrheic calves using a computer-assisted analysis. Positive values indicate calves that are theoretically overdosed, whereas negative values indicate calves that were theoretically underdosed (calculated with formula 3). The buffer content of the recorded intake of ORS was included in this computational analysis. A: Theoretical outcome of therapy using the evaluated decision tree. Metabolic acidosis was theoretically undercorrected by considerable amounts of sodium bicarbonate (> 250 mmol) in five calves. In these five calves treatment failure was expected. B: Theoretical outcome of therapy using the decision tree in the modified version. 14 calves would still have been underdosed by small amounts of sodium bicarbonate (range: 0.3 - 155 mmol).
Trefz et al. BMC Veterinary Research 2012 8:238 doi:10.1186/1746-6148-8-238