Use and Misuse of Catecholamines: Combination in Septic Shock Patients

  • C. Martin
  • X. Viviand
  • F. Potie
Conference paper
Part of the Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (YEARBOOK, volume 1997)


In spite of considerable improvement in monitoring, surgery, antibiotic use, and in­tensive care management of patients, mortality of septic shock patients remains el­evated, sometimes in excess of 60% for the most severe forms [ 1–4]. It is widely ac­cepted that the aim of the treatment is to restore normal values of hemodynamic pa­rameters such as systolic blood pressure ( > 100 mmHg in normotensive subjects) and urine flow ( > 0.7 mL/kg/h). However, the use of such parameters to guide the therapeutic strategy may lead to unsatisfactory results, with still a high mortality [5, 6]. Even the use of hemodynamic parameters obtained from a pulmonary artery catheter does not warrant a significant improvement in survival when these param­eters are restored to normal values [7, 8]. A better approach could be to treat at the same time hemodynamic and oxygen metabolism abnormalities. Thus it is suggest­ed that, in critically ill patients, obtaining and maintaining simultaneously “supranormal” hemodynamic parameters (cardiac index (CI) > 4 L/min/m2) and metabol­ic parameters (oxygen delivery (DO2) > 550 mL/min/m2; oxygen uptake (VO2) > 150 mL/min/m2) could favorably influence survival [9–16].


Septic Shock Mean Arterial Pressure Cardiac Index Systemic Vascular Resistance Pulmonary Capillary Wedge Pressure 
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