Management of the critically ill patient often necessitates the use of multiple inotropic and vasoactive medications. This article offers a concise, clinical reference to guide the practicing clinician in the use of these agents. The focus is on parenteral agents used for acute rather than chronic management. Physiologic concepts basic to understanding the use of these agents are reviewed briefly. Sympathomimetic agents are discussed with inotropes since many of them have cardiotonic properties. Vasodilator therapy is addressed only as it is used in combination therapy. Nursing implications and treatment regimes are included
Cardiovascular Pharmacology| May 01 1992
Sympathomimetics, Inotropics, and Vasodilators
Joanne V. Clements, RN, MS, CCRN
From the Department of Surgical Nursing Practice, Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center, New York.
Correspondence to Joanne V. Clements, RN, MS, CCRN, 200 Oak Ln., Rochester, NY 14610.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1992) 3 (2): 395–408.
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Joanne V. Clements; Sympathomimetics, Inotropics, and Vasodilators. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 May 1992; 3 (2): 395–408. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/15597768-1992-2012
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