Another nail in the hammer’s coffin?

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Another nail in the hammer's coffin?

Crit Care. 2011 Aug 8;15(4):179

Authors: Singer M, Brealey D

ABSTRACT: Blood pressure saggy? Cardiac output low? Oliguria? Increasing acidosis? Peripheries a bit cool? Poor cardiac history? No problem. Just start some dobutamine and watch the numbers improve. And if the patient happens to die, that is their fault. Or is it? Catecholamines are long-established drugs that have never undergone formal testing of long-term outcomes and safety. Their use requires re-evaluation in the light of a wide range of deleterious actions and retrospective studies suggesting harm.

PMID: 21888684 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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