The formulation of E-Lyte Balanced Electrolyte began 25 years ago for the purpose of creating a drinking version of Ringer's Solution. In effect, a diluted solution of E-Lyte (normally 16:1) could be used as an oral replacement in stressful health situations if IV Ringer's was not available. IV Ringer's also involves inserting a needle into the vein and dripping in an IV solution of the contents, water and electrolytes. In general, medical emergency care in hospitals world wide usually involve electrolyte replacement. Both Ringer's and E-Lyte have equal mille equivalents (similar electrolyte concentrations) of the all important electrolytes. However, the production of IV Ringer's solution is a pharmaceutical product regulated by the FDA. In critical situations, IV Ringer's may be the only way to get the necessary fluids back into a patient, however it requires the experienced care of a professional to carefully insert that needle. If the individual can drink fluids, E-Lyte is a perfect substitute and has been used by many physicians for over 20 years with the same excellent results, even within a hospital environment. If the need was to arise ElyteSport could also qualify for the same critical applications. Essentially, both E-Lyte formulas and Ringer's have the ability to stabilize individuals with mild or severe electrolyte deficiencies. There are many drinks that are sold under the guise of containing electrolytes. However the concentration of electrolytes is far below the formula of E-Lyte, which is also sugar-free. Just imagine the use of a sugary drink such as Gatorade, or Pepsi, or even Coke, which do contain electrolytes, being used in a critical life threatening situation. We could not imagine a doctor prescribing any of those, or even considering it.
Reference: Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2003 Dec;17(4):623-51 Diagnosis and management of electrolyte emergencies Weiss-Guillet EM, Takala J , Jakob SM. Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Inselpital, University Hospital Bern, CH-3010 Bern, Switzerland. Electrolyte and fluid imbalances are disorders frequently observed in critical care patients. In many instances patients are asymptomatic, but they may also present with neurological alterations, severe muscle weakness, nausea and vomiting or cardiovascular emergencies. Therefore, a pathophysiological understanding of these disorders is necessary for initiating an appropriate therapy. After a precise history-including drug prescriptions-has been obtained from the patient or his/her relatives, determination of the hydration status of the patient and measurement of acid-base status, plasma and urine osmolality and electrolytes are the first steps in the assessment of the disease. Once a diagnosis has been established, great attention has to be paid to the rate at which the disorder is corrected because this-if inappropriate-may cause more severe damage to the patient than the disease itself. This chapter addresses the initial diagnostic and therapeutic steps of the most common electrolyte emergencies.
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