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Bicarbonate-Alkali-Polyuria (B.A.P.)

Prof. K. F. Kopp, II. Med. Klinik rechts der Isar TUM

INDICATION: Risk of Acute Renal Failure (ARF) (in separate Groups of Patients)

  1. All patients, Age over 60 Years
  2. Pre-existing Chronic Renal Failure (CRF): Creatinine ≥ 1.9 mg/dl
  3. All patients with only one kidney (solitary or functional)
  4. Organ Transplantation e.g. NTX: Cadaver and Live Donors and Recipients
  5. All patients with Systemic Diseases, Diabetics, etc.
  6. Nephrotoxins exogenous e.g. Ethylene-glycole, Tetracarbonchloride, Herbicides, Mushrooms etc.
  7. Nephrotoxins endogenous e.g. Sepsis‚ Hemolysis‚ Rhabdomyolysis, Hyperuricemia, Oxalosis etc.
  8. Electrolyte -Fluid -Acid -Base -Disorders e. g. Dehydration, Diarrhea, Drains etc.
  9. Gravida: Rjsk of EPH, HELLP or with pre-existing Renal Insufficiency (CRF)
  10. All Risks 1 through 8, Pre- Peri- Post- Op and Pre- Post- Interventions using i.a.- or i.v.- Infusion of Contrast - Media
  11. All Risks 1 through 8, Pre- Peri— Post- Intake or Administration of Nephrotoxic Medications e.g. Antibiotics, Cytotoxic Agents and NSAID's


  1. First! Blood-Gas-Analysis: Venous. —(Arterial in case of Hypoxia and/or Hypercapnea)
  2. Over-Correction i.e. Elevation of the Blood-Bicarbonate-Level by means of 100 ml-Portions of 1-Molar = 8.4%—NaHCO3 via CVK to approx. 28 mMol/L ≈ BE +7. After each 100-ml-Bolus of 8.4 %-NaHCO3 Blood-Gas-Controls arterial (if indicated), or venous are mandatory!
    AIM: Blood-BE ≥ +7.0
    DEMAND of 8.4 % = l-Molar-NaHCO3 :
    FORMULA: 0.3 x B.W. (kg) x (BE + 7 - BE measured) = mMol or ml 1-Molar-NaHCO3
  3. NA+, K+, CI- must be titrated to normal levels, then a Loop-Diuretic is applied
  4. Loop-Diuretic-Bolus: = SERUM-CREATININE [mg/dl] (2; 3; 4; etc.) x 40 mg FUROSEMIDE

RESULT: Alkali-Diuresis increases to Alkali-Polyuria (B.A.P.)
CAUTION: Cardio-Pulmonary Insufficiency, Hypoxia, Hypercapnea !: Indication for Ventilator ?!
Alkalosis of other origin e.g. Hypochloremia, Hyperammonemia etc.
CAVEAT: First correct! Then B.A.P.
Relative Contraindications: Metabolic and Respiratory Alkalosis e.g. Hypochloremia, Cardio-Pulmonary Insufficiency, Fluid Lung, Generalized Edema etc.

Urine-pH ≈ 7.5 - 8.0 + Polyuria (Adults) ≥ 125 ml/h (= 3000 ml/24h)

NOTE: The Kidney-Bicarbonate-Threshold is variable. It depends on Volume, Potassium, Aldosterone etc. It may be as low as BE +1; +2 mMol/L. Therefore, Blood-Gas- and Urine-pH- Controls are repeatedly needed in order: a) To identify the lowest possible Blood-BE at which Urine-pH ≥ 7 is maintained; b) To prevent undesired systemic Alkalosis!

MAINTENANCE of B.A.P.: Days or Weeks until maximum possible Kidney function is restored. Loop-Diuretic per 24hrs (via perfusor); Dose identical Bolus-Dose for Start of B.A.P.

CONTROLS: Blood-Gases; Serum-Electrolytes daily, including Chloride!

URINE-Volumes: ml/h, /6 h, /12 h or /24 h, Fluid-Balance, Bodyweight if possible
URINE - pH : at least three times daily.

Optimum-pH = 7.5 - 8.0 Use Narrow-Range-pH- Indicator: pH ≈ 5.6 to 8.0
Fluids: 8.4% NaHCO3 plus 0.9 % NaCl plus KCl, or Ringer's S., or 5 % Glucose, or Kopp's Solution; via i.v.-Pump. I.v.-Nutrition if necessary. Total Fluid-Volume according to desired Fluid-Balance. Polyuria of Minimum 3 to 4000 ml/ 24h / 70 kg B.W. is required to obtain adequate uremic Waste-Clearances and negative Fluid-Balance if required. In order to maintain normal Serum-Levels, Electrolytes may have to be substituted!
NOTE: Urine-Volumes of > 6000 ml / 24h may have to be managed! Serum-Creatinine may still rise for 1 or 2 days; then decreases rapidly.


BLOOD-GAS-ANALYSIS, IF POSSIBLE OR AVAILABLE: Venous or Arterial in case of Hypoxia and/or Hypercapnea.

Use gastric juice-resistant Natriumhydrogencarbonat 1-Gram tablets FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE (Germany) or AlkaSeltzer Gold tablets or Sodium Bicarbonate powder dissolved in fluid (milk, etc.) until urine pH of > +7 is reached.


If Creatinine is above 1.9 mg/dl, use the minimum amount of FUROSEMIDE to induce Polyuria. Avoid low blood NaCl levels !, e.g. Salt Depletion. Therefore, NO LOW-SALT DIET.

Continue until maximum possible Kidney function is attained. Diuretic Dose per 24 hrs. according to demand, e.g. for control of Hypertension.

CONTROLS: According to the clinical condition, e.g. Inpatient/Outpatient; Blond-Gases; Serum-Electrolytes including Chloride ! and Blood-Glucose in Diabetics.
URINE-Volumes: ml/h, /6 h, /12 h or /24 hrs, Fluid-Balance, Bodyweight
URINE-pH: at least three times daily. Use pH-Indicator: pH 5.6 to p.H. 8.0
Optimum pH = 7.5 - 8.0