Avoiding Therapeutic Misadventures in the ICU

  • Paul Ellis Marik


Do not give a β-blocker to a patient with sinus tachycardia: The patient usually has a tachycardia for a reason (low stroke volume/cardiac output, fever, etc). A β-blocker is a very effective method of “knocking off” a septic, hypovolemic patient with a severe tachycardia.


Valsalva Maneuver Sinus Tachycardia Hypertensive Emergency High Peep Hypoglycemic Drug 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care MedicineEastern Virginia Medical SchoolNorfolkUSA

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