Esmolol for Refractory VFib

Here’s a good post by Bryan Hayes on the state of evidence for esmolol in refractory VF. There is not a huge amount of data for this, but what there is seems promising. It would seem a reasonable thing to study in a mature EMS setting, and certainly a great deal cheaper than certain mechanical devices…

The PharmERToxGuy

Up until two years ago, beta blocker use for refractory ventricular fibrillation (VFib) had only been studied in animal models with sporadic human case reports. Two studies in humans have now been published and may provide some guidance in managing this difficult-to-treat condition.

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