GEORGE N. AAGAARD, M.D.
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The management of shock is under the Drug Spotlight this quarter. Drugs play only a secondary role in this emergency, but, properly used, they may sustain life while efforts are made to correct the cause of shock, be it hemorrhage, trauma, anaplylaxis, extensive burns, or a severe infection. One or more of the following questions may be the focal point on which you may gather data as you study the management of shock in your hospital.
1. Were efforts made to detect and correct, if present, hypovolemia, acidosis, electrolyte disturbance, or hypoxia?
2. Was central venous pressure monitored as a
AAGAARD GN. Drug Spotlight on Shock. Ann Intern Med. ;81:399. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-81-3-399
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1974;81(3):399.
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