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Managing vasoactive infusions to restore hemodynamic stability

Timmerman, Rosemary A. DNP, RN, CCRN-CSC-CMC, CCNS

doi: 10.1097/01.CCN.0000480748.85354.b3

Abstract: Vasoactive medications are used to restore hemodynamic stability. Each agent has unique pharmacologic characteristics and is suitable for a specific type of circulatory abnormality. The actions and adverse reactions of commonly used vasoactive medications will be reviewed along with practical nursing considerations for effective titration and safe medication administration.

Critically ill patients frequently suffer circulatory disturbances necessitating the use of vasoactive medications. Critical care nurses must know the actions and possible adverse reactions of vasoactive agents and be able to titrate hemodynamic medications to achieve therapeutic endpoints indicating adequate perfusion.

Rosemary A. Timmerman is a clinical nurse specialist, ICU/CTICU/CICU/IMCU, Providence Alaska Medical Center, Anchorage, Alaska.

The author has disclosed that she has no financial relationships related to this article.

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