Acute and Critical Care Pharmacology

Table of Contents

Lesson 1: Patient Safety in Critical Care Medication Administration 

  • Identifies standards from regulatory bodies 
    • OSHA
    • The Joint Commission
    • National Quality Forum
    • Food and Drug Administration
  • Culture of safety

Lesson 2: Introduction to Pharmacology Principles I: Pharmacokinetics

  • Discusses the four phases of pharmacokinetics
  • Explores factors that affect pharmacokinetics, including disease states
  • Differentiates different types of adverse medic effects
  • Explores impact of aging, gender and genetic composition

Lesson 3: Introduction to Pharmacology Principles II: Pharmacodynamics

  • Agonists and antagonists
  • Therapeutic windows (steady state)
  • Titration and discontinuing continuous infusions

Lesson 4: Vasoactive Medications

  • Vasodilator, vasopressor, and inotropic medications
    • Medications to manage septic shock
    • Medications to manage acute head trauma with elevated intracranial pressure
    • Medications to improve cardiac contractility


Lesson 5: Antiarrhythmic Medications

  • Class I, II and III antiarrhythmic medications
  • Other medications that do not fall into above category, such as adenosine

Lesson 6: Medications for Pain and Sedation

  • Opioid analgesia
    • Patient-controlled anesthesia
  • Medications used for sedation

Lesson 7: Paralytic Medications

  • Non-depolarizing and depolarizing agents
    • Anxiolytics
  • Appropriate nursing care to safeguard patient

Lesson 8: Blood and Blood Products

  • Whole blood
  • Packed red blood cells
  • Leukocyte-reduced red cells
  • Washed red blood cells
  • Fresh frozen plasma
  • Cryoprecipitate
  • Albumin
  • Transfusion reactions
  • Transfusion administration process

Lesson 9: Integrated Final Exam

  • Comprehensive posttest incorporating information from lessons 1 through 8
  • Three case studies, branching question design


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