Why are the criteria for Vasopressin dosings categorized by Asystole, V-fib and V-tach? Should it not be for severe/acute phase hypotension and cardiogenic shock? Vasopressin has no direct effect on spontaneous return of circulation as it is listed here since it is simply antidiuretic hormone. It has no direct inotropic or chronotropic function, just an indirect effect due to the rise in blood pressure.
You know what, I'm really not impressed with all the rationalization. Using anything to raise the blood pressure in asystole is vastly preferable to remaining in asystole and nothing is helping the code team to increase the blood pressure. It is not approved for this use by the FDA, however when someone codes, anything that might help is tried. Maybe you'd prefer not coming back from the code, I don't know, but don't second the drs in this emergent situation.
- Vasopressin Information for Consumers
- Vasopressin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Vasopressin (detailed)
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