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Understanding Cardiovascular Performance and Shock Management in Critical Care

Author(s): Thomas VanDruff

Contact Hours 1.25

CERP A 1.25

Expires Dec 15, 2026

Topics: Cardiovascular, 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

Shock states resulting in hypotension, hypoperfusion and altered cardiovascular performance are a common reason for ICU admission. An understanding of both cardiopulmonary physiology and a complex array of medications and mechanical modalities utilized for support of the patient in shock is vital for this dynamic population. This presentation reviews the roles of fluid resuscitation, cardioactive medications, and mechanical assistive devices in support of the patient in various shock states.


  • Discuss the main components of proper cardiac function, including preload, afterload and contractility.
  • Identify common treatment modalities to improve cardiovascular function, including fluids, vasopressors, inotropes and antiarrhythmics.
  • Describe the use of mechanical devices such as IABP, pacers and ventricular-assist devices to support cardiovascular function.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

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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