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J Intraven Nurs. 1997 Mar-Apr;20(2):95-9.

Peripheral dopamine infusions: are they worth the risk of infiltration?

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Saint Joseph's Health System in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Abstract

Dopamine is commonly used to improve hemodynamic states caused by myocardial infarction, septicemia, open heart surgery, renal failure, and chronic cardiac decompensation. It works to increase cardiac output and renal perfusion. Peripheral dopamine administration increases the risk for extravasation, vein and tissue damage, and possible disfigurement. This study showed a peripheral dopamine infiltration rate of 68%.

PMID:
9104204
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