Ugeskr Læger 2017;179:V02170157
Administration of norepinephrine in peripheral venous catheter on surgical patients
Hypotension is a common event during surgery and can cause serious post-operative complication, but vasoactive drugs can stabilize the cardiovascular system and reduce the risk of post-operative complications. Norepinephrine is an ideal vasopressor, and due to the risk of extravasation and ischaemic tissue damage it is often administered via a central venous catheter. Administration of norepinephrine via a peripheral venous catheter may be a safe alternative during surgery, if the drug is administered correctly.