Table 4

Degree of Postoperative Inotropic and Vasoactive Pharmacotherapy

Placebo (n = 135)Nesiritide (n = 137)
Inotropic agents/vasopressors/inodilators
 Number of different agents used per patient
  Mean ± SD3.1 ± 1.52.8 ± 1.3
  Median3.03.0
 Patients receiving, n (%)
  05 (4)3 (2)
  1 to 384 (62)95 (69)
  >345 (33)37 (27)
Vasodilators
 Number of different agents used per patient
  Mean ± SD1.4 ± 0.71.3 ± 0.6
  Median1.01.0
 Patients receiving, n (%)
  030 (22)33 (24)
  1 to 295 (70)95 (69)
  >29 (7)7 (5)
  • Differences between placebo and nesiritide groups are all non-significant (analysis of variance for continuous variables and chi-square for categorical variables).