Vasopressin, Norepinephrine, and Vasodilatory Shock After Cardiac Surgery: Another “VASST” Difference?

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(Abstracted from Anesthesiology, 126(1):9–11, 2017)This article reviews the trial by Hajjar et al1` comparing the effectiveness of 0.01 to 0.06 U/min vasopressin and 10 to 60 μg/min norepinephrine for treatment of vasodilatory shock after cardiac surgery. Vasodilatory shock was defined as hypotension requiring vasopressors with a cardiac index of greater than 2.2 L/min per m2.

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