Pharmacotherapy update on the use of vasopressors and inotropes in the intensive care unit.

@article{Jentzer2015PharmacotherapyUO,
  title={Pharmacotherapy update on the use of vasopressors and inotropes in the intensive care unit.},
  author={Jacob C. Jentzer and James C Coons and Christopher B Link and Mark Schmidhofer},
  journal={Journal of cardiovascular pharmacology and therapeutics},
  year={2015},
  volume={20 3},
  pages={249-60}
}
This paper summarizes the pharmacologic properties of vasoactive medications used in the treatment of shock, including the inotropes and vasopressors. The clinical application of these therapies is discussed and recent studies describing their use and associated outcomes are also reported. Comprehension of hemodynamic principles and adrenergic and non-adrenergic receptor mechanisms are salient to the appropriate therapeutic utility of vasoactive medications for shock. Vasoactive medications can… CONTINUE READING