Fluid Resuscitation and Vasopressors
Fluid or squeeze, which comes first? Learn the art of resuscitation and managing pressors on hypotensive patients!
This course is designed to aid the healthcare provider or bedside nurse with the foundational concepts used in decision making regarding initiation of fluid resuscitation and initiation of vasoactive medications for the critically ill patient. Multiple vasopressors are discussed in pharmacologic detail. Clinical scenarios are used to help depict best practices using role-play and interactive demonstration.
This course is worth 2.0 hours of ANCC approved nursing contact hours including 1.5 hours of advanced pharmacotherapeutics.
- Definitions of catecholamines
- Basic concepts of sympathetic tone
- Mechanisms that affect basal tone
- Resistance vs capacitance vessels
- Signs of inadequate cellular volume
- Determining fluid or vasopressor approach
- Fluid resuscitation options and guidelines
- Sympathetic and parasympathetic receptors
- Dopaminergic receptors
- Tyrosine and pharmacologic mechanisms
- Choosing the right vasopressor for the right patient scenario
- Physiologic barriers to successful titration
- Implications to practice
- Considerations for safe use
Dr. John Russell, DNP, APRN, AGACNP-BC, FNP-BC, CCRN, RNFA is the owner and founder of Skills On Point®, LLC as well as a nurse practitioner/first assistant in cardiothoracic surgery at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, IL. As well as an instructor for the National Institute of First Assisting, INC (NIFA®), John teaches nurse practitioner students for Northern Illinois University and Rosalind Franklin University for CRNAs and FNPs. He loves simplifying complicated concepts into digestible portions and loves to use ridiculous analogies to make the most complicated concepts come to life for the learner.