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Association between vasoactive-inotropic score and mortality in pediatric septic shock



To assess the association between Vasoactive Inotrope Score (VIS) and mortality in children with fluid-refractory septic shock.


A retrospective chart review of 71 children (age 1 mo-16y) admitted with fluid-refractory septic shock in pediatric intensive care unit during a two year period was done. We divided our cohort into two groups viz Highvasoactive inotrope score (Group-H) and ‘Low-vasoactive inotrope score’ (Group-L) based on a cut-off value of 20.


73% of the children were in Group-L. The mortality rate was 44% and 100% in Group L and Group H, respectively.


High inotropic score in children with septic shock is associated with high mortality rate.

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Haque, A., Siddiqui, N., Munir, O. et al. Association between vasoactive-inotropic score and mortality in pediatric septic shock. Indian Pediatr 52, 311–313 (2015).

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  • Children
  • Fluid-refractory
  • Outcome
  • Sepsis
  • Shock