Sunday, July 5 (2015); Shock, Fluids Vasopressors and Inotropes
This chapter is a summary of the pharmacological properties of vasopressin, with a focus on its use as a vasoactive infusion. Of course, when one normally calls something a "summary", one implies that the information is sensibly condensed into several small easily digestible snack-like pieces. This definition cannot apply to the following, which more closely resembles a multiple-course degustation banquet, a structured feast the excesses of which end in a messy pile of bloated drunks. Some of the information is repeated from previous discussions of the physiology of vasopressin as it relates to the control of extracellular osmolality; the rest is material more relevant to people who deploy vasopressin in the treatment of shock.