BACKGROUND Fluid loading is one of the recognised measures to prevent hypotension due to spinal anaesthesia in women scheduled for a caesarean section. OBJECTIVE We aimed to evaluate the current evidence on fluid loading in the prevention of spinal anaesthesia-induced hypotension. DESIGN Systematic review and network meta-analysis with trial sequential analysis and meta-regression. DATA SOURCES Medline, Epub, Embase.com (Embase and Medline), Cochrane Central, Web of Science and Google Scholar were used. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA Only randomised controlled trials were used. Patients included women undergoing elective caesarean section who received either crystalloid or colloid fluid therapy as a preload or coload. The comparator was a combination of either a different fluid or time of infusion. RESULTS A total of 49 studies (4317 patients) were included. Network meta-analysis concluded that colloid coload and preload offered the highest chance of success (97 and 67%, respectively). Conventional meta-analysis showed that crystalloid preload is associated with a significantly higher incidence of maternal hypotension than colloid preload: risk ratio 1.48 (95% CI 1.29 to 1.69, P < 0.0001, I 2¼ 60%). However, this result was not supported by Trial Sequential Analysis. There was a significant dose– response effect for crystalloid volume preload (regression coefficient ¼ 0.073), which was not present in the analysis of only double-blind studies. There was no dose– response effect for the other fluid regimes. CONCLUSION Unlike previous meta-analysies, we found a lack of data obviating an evidence-based recommendation. In most studies, vasopressors were not given prophylactically as is recommended. Studies on the best fluid regimen in combination with prophylactic vasopressors are needed. Due to official european usage restrictions on the most studied colloid (HES), we recommend crystalloid coload as the most appropriate fluid regimen.

doi.org/10.1097/eja.0000000000001371, hdl.handle.net/1765/131997
European Journal of Anaesthesiology
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Rijs, K., Mercier, F.J., Lucas, D.N., Rossaint, R, Klimek, M, & Heesen, M. (2020). Fluid loading therapy to prevent spinal hypotension in women undergoing elective caesarean section Network meta-analysis, trial sequential analysis and meta-regression. European Journal of Anaesthesiology, 37(12), 1126–1142. doi:10.1097/eja.0000000000001371