Inotropic Therapy for Sepsis

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Sepsis, severe sepsis, and septic shock represent a dynamic clinical syndrome involving a systemic inflammatory response, circulatory changes, and end-organ dysfunction from an infection. Early aggressive management to restore perfusion and/or improve hypotension is critical to improving outcomes. Although the basic management principles of early goal-directed therapy for sepsis have not undergone significant changes, there has been a recent shift in recommendations related to the timing and type of inotropic support. The purpose of this article is to review fluid management along with previous and current inotrope recommendations in pediatric sepsis and septic shock.

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