Dexmedetomidine (Precedex) in the Progressive Care Unit

Author(s): Rachael Georges, Geralyn Esworthy

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP A 1.25

Expires Dec 15, 2026

Topics: 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 session presents an advanced overview of dexmedetomidine (Precedex) and its use in the Progressive Care and Stepdown units. Dexmedetomidine is a relatively selective alpha2-adrenergic agonist indicated for use outside of the ICU for improved tolerance of noninvasive respiratory support, alcohol/opiate withdrawal- adjunctive therapy and ICU transfer on low-dose therapy when ICU admission criteria are otherwise no longer met.


  • Identify the purpose and rationale for utilizing dexmedetomidine (Precedex) in the Progressive Care and Stepdown units.
  • Describe administration protocols, associated clinical endpoints, and documentation.
  • Discuss how to manage patients undergoing treatment including addressing potential adverse effects.

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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 1.25 contact hours.

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