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Table 3 Vasopressor Utilization Index with specific vasopressor use from 2007 to 2013

From: Temporal trends in the utilization of vasopressors in intensive care units: an epidemiologic study

Vasopressor Average VUI ICU admission year ΔVUI (%) p
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
VUInorepinephrine 0.34 0.24 0.28 0.32 0.33 0.38 0.38 0.46 +10.3 <0.001
VUIepinephrine 0.39 0.35 0.42 0.42 0.39 0.38 0.39 0.37 −0.4 0.73
VUIphenylephrine 0.13 0.20 0.16 0.11 0.13 0.11 0.10 0.08 −1.0 <0.001
VUIvasopressin 0.41 0.40 0.38 0.43 0.42 0.39 0.42 0.44 +1.3 0.13
VUIdopamine 0.16 0.17 0.16 0.14 0.14 0.18 0.17 0.14 −12.2 0.59
  1. VUInorepinephrine = total ICU day on norepinephrine/total ICU day on vasopressor
  2. VUIepinephrine = total ICU day on epinephrine/ total ICU day on vasopressor
  3. VUIphenylephrine = total ICU day on phenylephrine/ total ICU day on vasopressor
  4. VUIvasopressin = total ICU day on vasopressin/total ICU day on vasopressor
  5. VUIdopamine = total ICU day on dopamine/ total ICU day on vasopressor