Category: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Keywords: vasopressor, cardiac arrest, epinephrine, vasopression (PubMed Search)
A recent paper reviewed 53 articles to assess the utility of vasopressors in cardiac arrest. The authors aimed to determine if vasopressors improved ouctomes in this patient population. Here are their conclusions:
Although these conclusions don't support the use of vasopressors in cardiac arrest, we should not abandon these therapies. Most of the trials were completed before wide-spread recognition of the post-cardiac arrest syndrome, implementation of therapeutic hypothermia protocols, and early cardiac catheterization.
Larabee TM, Liu KY, Campbell JA, et al. Vasopressors in cardiac arrest: a systematic review. Resuscitation. 2012;83(8):932-9.
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