Terlipressin facilities transport of septic patients treated with norepinephrine

Moti Klein, Natan Weksler, Avraham Borer, Leonid Koyfman, Jerome Kesslin, Garbriel M. Gurman

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Background: Transport of hemodynamic unstable septic patients for diagnostic or therapeutic interventions outside the intensive care unit is complex but sometimes contributes to increasing the chance of survival. Objectives: To report our experience with terlipressin treatment for facilitation of transport to distant facilities for diagnostic or therapeutic procedures in septic patients treated with norepinephrine. Methods: We conducted a retrospective analysis of the records of our ICU, identifying the patients with septic shock who required norepinephrine for hemodynamic support. Results: Terlipressin was given to 30 septic shock patients (15 females and 15 males) who were on high dose norepinephrine (10 μg/min or more) in order to facilitate their transport outside the ICU. The dose of terlipressin ranged from 1 to 4 mg, with a mean of 2.13 ± 0.68 mg. The dose of norepinephrine needed to maintain systolic blood pressure above 100 mmHg decreased following terlipressin administration, from 21.9 ± 10.4 μg/min (range 5-52 μg/min) to 1.0 ± 1.95 (range 0-10) (P < 0.001). No patients required norepinephrine dose adjustment during transport. No serious complications or overshoot in blood pressure values were observed following terlipressin administration. Acrocyanosis occurred only in eight patients receiving more than 1 mg of the drug. The overall mortality rate was 50%. Conclusions: Our data suggest that terlipressin is effective in septic shock. Because it is long-acting and necessitates less titration it might be indicated for patient transportation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)691-693
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Critically ill patient transport
  • Norepinephrine
  • Septic shock
  • Terlipressin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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