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Vasopressors: Therapy and Pharmacology

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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CE: 2 hours Pharmacology: 2 hours
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Course Summary

Blood vessels can be constricted using a medical intervention known as vasoconstrictors, or pressors. This strategy is typically used to staunch hemorrhaging and stop acute blood loss. Low blood pressure associated with shock is typically treated with pressors in order to avoid loss of consciousness and oxygen deprivation to the heart, brain, and other vital organs. It is critical for nurses to understand the appropriate use of pressors in order to provide lifesaving treatment to their patients.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Purpose Of Vasopressor Medication
  3. Use Of Vasopressors
    1. Shock
      1. Cardiogenic Shock
      2. Hypovolemic and Hemorrhagic Shock
      3. Septic Shock
    2. Surgical Anesthesia Hypotension
  4. Common Vasopressors
    1. Norepinephrine
    2. Dopamine
    3. Epinephrine
    4. Phenylephrine
    5. Vasopressin
    6. Dobutamine
  5. Primary Routes Of Vasopressor Delivery
    1. Vasopressors in the Operating Room
    2. Vasopressors in the Intensive Care Unit
  6. Alternatives To Vasopressor Treatment
    1. Crystalloid Fluids
    2. Colloid Fluids
  7. Summary


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