Taking Stressors out of Pressors: Vasoactive Drip Titration Made Easy in Acute Care

Author(s): Johnson Alexander P

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Dec 31, 2024

Topics: Hemodynamics, Medication Management

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

This presentation simplifies drip titration and hemodynamics with endpoints such as stroke volume. Indirect indicators such as urine output and BP can be misleading. Vasoactive drips are discussed via case studies. A best-evidence focus on blood flow rather than pressures is used, along with assessing patient response, trending and early signs. Drip titration for conditions such as hypotension and heart failure show patients do not decompensate suddenly; we only tend to recognize it suddenly.


  • Explain fundamental hemodynamic monitoring parameters for drug titration.
  • Discuss pharmacology of vasoactive core IV drips with optimization strategies, focusing on early signs and value trending.
  • Review case studies which illustrate key points in treatment of hypotension, heart failure and sepsis.

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Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


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