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My goal is for students to develop a deep understanding of fluid balance. The following objectives are for the fluid balance portion of my anatomy and physiology course.


For fluid balance, be able to:
1.      Explain the importance of regulating fluid levels in each body compartment (Comprehension)
a.       Name and describe the relative volumes of the various body fluid compartments including total body water, ICF, ECF (including the distribution between interstitial fluid and plasma) (Comprehension)
b.      Contrast the forces that determine the movement of fluid between intravascular and interstitial spaces (i.e. across the capillary wall) and between interstitial and intracellular spaces (i.e. across the cell membrane) (Analysis).
c.       List the routes of water gain and loss (Knowledge)
1. Define obligatory water loss (Knowledge).
2.      Apply the concept of feedback loops to the regulation of body fluid levels (Application).
a. Describe the role of angiotensin II in regulating extracellular fluid volume, including the stimulus for AII formation and its effects on thirst, vascular resistance, aldosterone levels and blood volume (Comprehension)
3.      Contrast the pathophysiological conditions associated with imbalances of fluid levels and distributions (Analysis).
a.       Define edema (knowledge) and predict conditions that can lead to edema (Synthesis).
b.      Predict conditions that can lead to hypervolemia, hypovolemia and/or osmotic imbalances (Synthesis).
1.      Discuss how the clinical value of sodium concentration can differentiate volume depletion from dehydration (Comprehension)
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