Vasopressors and Development of Pressure Ulcers in Adult Critical Care Patients

Author(s): Jill Cox, RN, PhD, APN-C, CWOCN, and Sharon Roche, RN, PhD, APN-C, CCRN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Pharmacology Hours 0.25

Expires Nov 01, 2019

Topics: Pharmacology, Skin/Wound Care

Population: Adult

Role: Staff, APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Vasopressors are lifesaving agents used to raise mean arterial pressure in critically ill patients in shock states. The pharmacodynamics of these agents suggest vasopressors may play a role in development of pressure ulcers; however, this aspect has been understudied.


  • Identify factors related to pressure ulcer development in adult critical care patients.
  • Identify which vasopressors may contribute to the development of pressure ulcers.
  • Explain how nursing interventions can help to prevent pressure ulcers in patients receiving vasopressor agents.

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