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Do Not Resuscitate & The Need For A Central Line

Wed, 03/16/2011 - 5:46am
Ralph Gordon, MD

Just the other day I was called to see a patient coming up to the Intensive Care Unit with a diagnosis of pneumonia. Upon my arrival the patient is “hanging in there” with the blood pressure in the 60’ and 70’s systolic.

This is a no-brainer situation – the patient is in sepsis and septic shock. Early intravenous antibiotics and aggressive resuscitation is what this gentleman needs right now. Per the ER report he had already been given three liters of intravenous fluids with the blood pressure barely budging.

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