Blood Pressure Targets in the Initial Stabilization

  • Julien Demiselle
  • Peter Radermacher
  • Pierre AsfarEmail author
Part of the Lessons from the ICU book series (LEICU)


Blood pressure target in the initial stabilization of patients with shock is a key point for the clinician. We will focus in this chapter on blood pressure targets in the setting of septic shock.

The aim of this chapter is to understand the physiological rationale and clinical evidence for low pressure threshold, high pressure threshold, and increasing mean arterial pressure. The beneficial and harmful effects of such increase will be discussed. Finally, the prerequisites and the difficulties of an individual approach for blood pressure targes will be discussed.


Shock Mean arterial pressure target Autoregulation Vasopressor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julien Demiselle
    • 1
  • Peter Radermacher
    • 2
  • Pierre Asfar
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Medical Intensive Care DepartmentUniversity Hospital of AngersAngersFrance
  2. 2.Institut für Anästhesiologische Pathophysiologie und Verfahrensentwicklung, UniversitätsklinikumUlmGermany

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