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Study of Vasoactive Infusions through Peripheral Line
Senthil Kumar1, Varadarajan Poovazhagi2, Sangareddi Shanthi3.
1Department of Pediatrics, Thanjavur Medical College, Thanjavur,
2Department of Pediatrics, Chengalpattu Medical College, Chengalpattu,
3Department of Pediatrics, Stanley Medical College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Vasoactive agents are ideally infused through central line in sick children. However its use in peripheral lines has been approved for emergency situations only. In resource poor countries there is a need for peripheral infusion of vasoactive agents in the absence of central lines in the emergency room and in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). This study was conducted to identify the feasibility of use of vasoactive agents through peripheral line in a PICU set up. Among the 204 children who received vasoactive agents (adrenaline, noradrenaline, dopamine and dobutamine) through peripheral line, adverse events were encountered in 12 (5.9%). Under strict monitoring, peripheral infusion of vasoactive agents are safe in resource poor settings.

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