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Articles by Carrie L. Griffiths, PharmD, BCCCP

Angiotensin II for septic shock treatment: An update

Griffiths, Carrie L.; Jackson, Matthew R.; Hoke, Tanner J.; More

Nursing2018 Critical Care. 13(6):30-37, November 2018.

Septic shock can lead to life-threatening hypoperfusion, which often requires vasopressor therapy. Last year, the FDA approved angiotensin II for use in septic shock. This article explores the literature and nursing considerations surrounding this septic shock treatment.

Pharmacotherapy management in critically ill older adults

Kaplow, Roberta; Griffiths, Carrie L.

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 13(4):20-26, July 2018.

Complex pharmacotherapy management is a particular challenge in the care of critically ill older adults. Explore the science of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, as well as nursing implications.

Sedation in the ICU: A mindful approach to achieving a balance

Griffiths, Carrie L.; Livengood, Spencer J.; Hertel, Kristie A.

Nursing2019 Critical Care. 13(3):28-33, May 2018.

Sedation is commonly required in the ICU. Critical care nurses need to be familiar with strategic sedation management techniques, including patient monitoring, appropriate sedative selection, and nonpharmacologic interventions. Multidisciplinary patient-centered care is key to achieving optimal patient outcomes.

Vasoactive agents in shock

Griffiths, Carrie L.; Vestal, Mark L.; Hertel, Kristie A.

Nursing Critical Care. 13(2):6-13, March 2018.

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.