Choice of vasopressor in septic shock: does it matter?
Crit Care. 2007;11(6):174
Authors: Patel GP, Balk RA
Septic shock is a medical emergency that is associated with mortality rates of 40-70%. Prompt recognition and institution of effective therapy is required for optimal outcome. When the shock state persists after adequate fluid resuscitation, vasopressor therapy is required to improve and maintain adequate tissue/organ perfusion in an attempt to improve survival and prevent the development of multiple organ dysfunction and failure. Controversy surrounding the optimum choice of vasopressor strategy to utilize in the management of patients with septic shock continues. A recent randomized study of epinephrine compared to norepinephrine (plus dobutamine when indicated) leads to more questions than answers.
PMID: 18001504 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]