Table 1

Patient characteristics (mean(SD))

Dopamine (n=19)Hydrocortisone (n=21)P value
Birthweight (g)1043 (184)923 (188)= 0.048
Gestation (weeks)27.5 (1.6)26.6 (2.1)> 0.05
M:F9:109:12> 0.05
Age at onset of treatment (hours)15.1 (10.1)11.4 (13.0)> 0.05
Respiratory distress syndrome (n=)1718> 0.05
Surfactant (n=)1821> 0.05
Maternal steroids (n=)49> 0.05
Colloid/blood given in 12 hours before treatment (ml/kg)15.1 (10.5)17.4 (9.1)> 0.05
Inspired FIO2 (%)41 (18)41 (21)> 0.05
Median MAP deficit at entry (mm Hg)35> 0.05