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Vasoactive agents in shock

Griffiths, Carrie, L., PharmD, BCCCP; Vestal, Mark, L., BS; Hertel, Kristie, A., MSN, RN, CCRN, ACNP-BC

doi: 10.1097/01.CCN.0000527219.88686.70
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Abstract: Shock is a condition in which the cardiovascular system fails to provide adequate blood supply throughout the body. Depending on the severity of shock, vasoactive agents, such as vasopressors and inotropes, are frequently needed to manage the patient and prevent adverse outcomes of shock. This article reviews the vasoactive agents used in shock, summarizing what critical care nurses need to know about these important drugs.

Vasoactive agents, such as vasopressors and inotropes, are frequently needed to manage the patient in shock and prevent adverse outcomes. This article reviews the clinical manifestations of shock, as well as the vasoactive agents used to manage shock and what critical care nurses need to know about these important drugs.

Carrie L. Griffiths is an assistant professor of pharmacy at Wingate University School of Pharmacy in Wingate, N.C.

Mark L. Vestal is a doctor of pharmacy candidate at Wingate University School of Pharmacy in Wingate, N.C.

Kristie A. Hertel is an advanced practice provider in trauma and surgical critical care at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, N.C.

The authors have disclosed no financial relationships related to this article.

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