Vasopressor use in the Pediatric Emergency Department has been a moving target for my entire career. Back when I was a resident and fellow we used Dopamine. Then we went to epinephrine because it can be given through a peripheral IV because norepinephrine was too dangerous to run peripherally. But maybe that’s not entirely true. I talked about initial pressor choice and more in a recent recorded Zoom conference call with Critical Care Attending Matt Zackoff from Cincinnati Children’s. I hope you find his thoughts on vasopressor selection, pitfalls, and the emerging therapies as illuminating as I did.
Sadoway et al. A systematic review of local complications from central and peripheral administration of vasopressors in the pediatric population. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, 2019.
Weiss et al. Surviving Sepsis Campaign International Guidelines for the Management of Septic Shock and Sepsis-Associated Organ Dysfunction in Children.Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2020;21(2):e52.