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Hespan Dosage

Generic name: HETASTARCH 6g in 100mL, SODIUM CHLORIDE 0.9g in 100mL
Dosage form: injection, solution
Drug class: Plasma expanders

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 24, 2023.

Dosage for Acute Use in Plasma Volume Expansion

HESPAN® is administered by intravenous infusion only. Total dosage and rate of infusion depend upon the amount of blood or plasma lost and the resultant hemoconcentration.


The amount usually administered is 500 to 1000 mL. Doses of more than 1500 mL per day for the typical 70 kg patient (approximately 20 mL per kg of body weight) are usually not required. Higher doses have been reported in postoperative and trauma patients where severe blood loss has occurred [see Warnings and Precautions (5)].


250 to 700 mL of HESPAN® (6% hetastarch in 0.9% sodium chloride injection) with citrate anticoagulant is administered by aseptic addition to the input line of the centrifugation apparatus at a ratio of 1:8 to 1:13 to venous whole blood. The HESPAN® and citrate should be thoroughly mixed to assure effective anticoagulation of blood as it flows through the leukapheresis machine.

2.3 Direction for use for HESPAN®

  • Do not use plastic container in series connection. If administration is controlled by a pumping device, care must be taken to discontinue pumping action before the container runs dry or air embolism may result. If administration is not controlled by a pumping device, refrain from applying excessive pressure (>300mmHg) causing distortion to the container such as wringing or twisting. Such handling could result in breakage of the container.
  • Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter and discoloration prior to administration whenever solution and container permit. Use only if solution is clear and container and seals are intact.
  • Intended for intravenous administration using sterile equipment. It is recommended that intravenous administration apparatus be replaced at least once every 24 hours.
  • Withdraw or expel all air from the bag through the medication port prior to infusion if administration is by pressure infusion.
  • For single use only. Discard unused portion.

CAUTION: Before administering to the patient, review these directions:

Visual Inspection

  • Do not remove the plastic infusion container from its overwrap until immediately before use.
  • Inspect each container. Read the label. Ensure solution is the one ordered and is within the expiration date.
  • Invert container and carefully inspect the solution in good light for cloudiness, haze, or particulate matter.
  • Any container which is suspect should not be used.

To Open

  1. Tear overwrap down at notch and remove solution container.
  2. Check for minute leaks by squeezing solution container firmly.
  3. If any leaks are found, discard solution as sterility may be impaired.

Preparation for Administration

  1. Remove plastic protector from sterile set port at bottom of container.
  2. Attach administration set. Refer to complete directions accompanying set.

When stored at room temperature, HESPAN® admixtures of 500-560 mL with citrate concentrations up to 2.5% were compatible for 24 hours. The safety and compatibility of additives other than citrate have not been established.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.