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Keywords

inotropes, shock, vasoactive medications, vasoconstrictors, vasodilators, vasopressors

 

Authors

  1. Timmerman, Rosemary A. DNP, RN, CCRN-CSC-CMC, CCNS

Abstract

Abstract: Vasoactive medications are used to restore hemodynamic stability. Each agent has unique pharmacologic characteristics and is suitable for a specific type of circulatory abnormality. The actions and adverse reactions of commonly used vasoactive medications will be reviewed along with practical nursing considerations for effective titration and safe medication administration.