MICU Education

University of Pittsburgh


Shock is one of the most common diagnosis in critical care, affecting over one-third of the patients in ICU.


To learn more about shock, see the following presentation:


Additional Reading

For review of recent trials on shock, visit  PulmCCM.

To learn specifically about septic shock, refer to Sepsis.

What should you be able to answer after reviewing shock?


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  4. De Backer D, Biston P, Devriendt J, Madl C, Chochrad D, Aldecoa C, Brasseur A, Defrance P, Gottignies P, Vincent JL, Investigators SI. Comparison of dopamine and norepinephrine in the treatment of shock. N Engl J Med. Mar 4 2010; 362(9):779-789.