Many medications are used in the critical care setting. A comprehensive assessment of a patient’s clinical status, comorbid conditions, and current medications is necessary before additional interventions are applied. All medical interventions should be evidence-based, goal-directed therapy. Because critical care pharmacotherapy literature evolves rapidly, practitioners must be vigilant to stay up to date with new guidelines and best practices.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791
Nurses will receive 1.50 contact hours for participating in this course.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Vasopressors and Inotropes
New Vasopressor Agents
Section 3: Antihypertensives
β-Adrenergic Receptor Blockers
Calcium Channel Blockers (CCBs)
Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) Inhibitors
Section 4: Anti-Arrhythmics
Class 0: Hyperpolarization-Activated Cyclic Nucleotide-Gated (HCN) Channel Blockers
Class I: Voltage-Gated Sodium Channel Blockers
Class II: Autonomic Inhibitors and Activators
Class III: Potassium Channel Blockers and Openers
Class IV: Calcium Channel Modulators
Class V: Mechanosensitive Channel Blockers
Class VI: Gap Junction Channel Blockers
Class VII: Upstream Target Modulators
Section 5: Hemostatic Drugs
Antifibrinolytics and Hemostatic Agents
Section 6: Conclusion
Reviewer: Derek J. Gyllenhammer, PharmD
She started nursing in 2012 after graduating with an Accelerated BSN from NC Central University in Durham, North Carolina. She is an experienced Ambulatory and Perianesthesia Care RN, with an endoscopy lab and orthopedics nursing background. She has served as a PACU charge nurse and is a Certified Peri-Anesthesia Nurse (CPAN) from the ABPANC (American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification). Her experience and knowledge led her to nursing education, preceptoring experienced new hires and nursing students while working to receive her MSN in Nurse Education at UNC Wilmington. As a PACU RN, she has cared for a wide variety of patients, including medical-surgical inpatient and ambulatory surgical patients. Her passion for education and training has led her to a position as a content writer at Relias.
Derek J. Gyllenhammer, PharmD, is a community pharmacist from the Hartford, Connecticut, area. He graduated with his Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut in 2016.
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