Recognition and Management of Patients in Cardiogenic Shock

Author(s): Cynthia Wrenn

Contact Hours 2.00

CERP A 2.00

Pharmacology Hours 0.60

Expires Nov 15, 2026

Topics: Cardiovascular, Pharmacology

Population: Adult

Role: APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $20.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Cardiogenic shock is a complex, high-acuity and hemodynamically variable state of end-organ hypoperfusion frequently associated with multisystem organ failure. This course delves into advanced cardiovascular concepts with a discussion of cardiogenic shock pathophysiology, clinical presentation, pertinent diagnostics, hemodynamics, pharmacological management with inotropes and vasopressors and options for mechanical circulatory support.


  • Differentiate cardiogenic shock from obstructive, distributive, and hypovolemic shock states.
  • Synthesize hemodynamic data, laboratory values, and physical exam findings to identify and classify patients in cardiogenic shock.
  • Summarize current pharmacological and mechanical treatment modalities recommended for the management of cardiogenic shock.

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Successful Completion

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.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 2.00 contact hours.

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