Pharmacologic Hemodynamic Support of Shock States
The pharmacologic support of critically ill patients commonly includes hemodynamic support for hypotension and shock. Pharmacologic therapy is used in conjunction with other treatments such as fluids, antibiotics, and, in special situations, mechanical circulatoryassist devices. The type, dose, and number of drugs are used differently in the various causes of shock. We describe here the various categories and causes of shock as well as hemodynamic support drugs and their use in selected causes of shock.
KeywordsCardiac Output Spinal Cord Injury Septic Shock Cardiac Index Cardiogenic Shock
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