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Am J Ther. 2017 May;24(3):e333-e346. doi: 10.1097/MJT.0000000000000272.

Impact of Dobutamine in Patients With Septic Shock: A Meta-Regression Analysis.

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1Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL; 2Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT; and 3University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.


Septic shock frequently requires vasopressor agents. Conflicting evidence exists for use of inotropes in patients with septic shock. Data from English studies on human adult septic shock patients were collected. A total of 83 studies were reviewed, while 11 studies with 21 data sets including 239 patients were pooled for meta-regression analysis. For VO2, pooled difference in means (PDM) was 0.274. For cardiac index (CI), PDM was 0.783. For delivery of oxygen, PDM was -0.890. For heart rate, PDM was -0.714. For left ventricle stroke work index, PDM was 0.375. For mean arterial pressure, PDM was -0.204. For mean pulmonary artery pressure, PDM was 0.085. For O2 extraction, PDM was 0.647. For PaCO2, PDM was -0.053. For PaO2, PDM was 0.282. For pulmonary artery occlusive pressure, PDM was 0.270. For pulmonary capillary wedge pressure, PDM was 0.300. For PVO2, PDM was -0.492. For right atrial pressure, PDM was 0.246. For SaO2, PDM was 0.604. For stroke volume index, PDM was 0.446. For SvO2, PDM was -0.816. For systemic vascular resistance, PDM was -0.600. For systemic vascular resistance index, PDM was 0.319. Meta-regression analysis was performed for VO2, DO2, CI, and O2 extraction. Age was found to be significant confounding factor for CI, DO2, and O2 extraction. APACHE score was not found to be a significant confounding factor for any of the parameters. Dobutamine seems to have a positive effect on cardiovascular parameters in patients with septic shock. Prospective studies with larger samples are required to further validate this observation.

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