Immunosuppressed Patient: How It Impacts Critical Care

Author(s): Munro Nancy L

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Pharmacology Hours 0.50

Expires Dec 31, 2024

Topics: Infectious Disease, Pharmacology

Population: Adult

Role: APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Immunotherapy is a type of biological therapy which employs substances to stimulate or suppress the immune system to help the body fight against what it perceives to be a foreign substance. The antigen-antibody reaction results in a cytokine storm that hopefully destroys the target. Immunotherapy includes monoclonal antibodies, checkpoint inhibitors and adoptive cellular therapies which can lead to an inflammatory response, resulting in significant clinical deterioration that requires critical care interventions. Pharmacology content = 50%.


  • Articulate how care of the immunosuppressed patients is impacted by these new therapies.
  • Compare immunotherapy agents and their side effects regarding patients.
  • Differentiate care of the immunosuppressed patient from the care of other critically ill patients.

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