Optimal Use of Vasoactive Drugs in Shock States

Author(s): Cynthia Goodrich

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Aug 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

Treatment of shock frequently requires use of vasoactive drugs. Selection of the most appropriate drug to optimize hemodynamics should be based on the underlying etiology of shock and the pharmacological effects of the drug. This session includes an overview of the most frequently used vasoactive drugs. Adrenergic receptor physiology and use of push dose vasopressors are discussed. Cases illustrate the appropriate use of selected vasoactive drugs.


  • Define the terms vasopressor, inotrope and inopressor.
  • Discuss adrenergic receptor physiology, including alpha and beta receptors.
  • Identify the most appropriate vasoactive agent for the clinical situation.

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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.


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Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.00 contact hours.

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