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Understanding the Difference Between Hypotonic and Hypertonic

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Today we have Nicole Weaver our Director of Curriculum breaking down IV Solutions and more specifically the difference between Hypotonic Solutions and Hypertonic Solutions.

This is sometimes a difficult topic to grasp and even practicing nurses struggle with this concept. After listening to this podcast episode we’re confident that you will fully grasp the basic differences between Hypotonic and Hypertonic solutions and be ready to impress all your coworkers or classmates.

One main thing to consider is that when discussing IV Solutions we are mostly talking about osmosis and the passing of fluids as well as how the body’s cells react to each type of solution.

A quick easy way to remember the difference between Hypotonic and Hypertonic is to think of HYPERtonic as someone who is hyper and works out a lot so they get skinny so the cells will shrink but with HYPOtonic think of a hippo and it wants to eat everything and get really big so the cells will swell.

If you want a more in depth understanding of IV Solutions you can head on over to our Fluid and Electrolytes course for a full review.

Date Published - Jun 27, 2019
Date Modified - Jun 26, 2019

Jon Haws RN

Written by Jon Haws RN

Jon Haws RN began his nursing career at a Level I Trauma ICU in DFW working as a code team nurse, charge nurse, and preceptor. Frustrated with the nursing education process, Jon started NRSNG in 2014 with a desire to provide tools and confidence to nursing students around the globe. When he's not busting out content for NRSNG, Jon enjoys spending time with his two kids and wife.