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All states recognize our courses for accredited continuing nursing education, CNE, contact hours. This course is accredited by the following boards:

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15467.

Provider approved by the Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina, and West Virginia Boards of Nursing through CE Broker, CE Provider #: 50-13256.  

ICU Pharmacology: Commonly Used Medications

Contact Hours: 2
Cost: $20.00

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ICU Pharmacology: Commonly Used Medications
This course is designed for nurse clinicians, intensive care unit nurses, and nurses caring for ventilated patients who administer vasoactive, sedative, and other medications in the ICU setting. The purpose of this course is to educate ICU nurses regarding the use of many different pharmacological agents, including best practices for administration and titration. 


Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

List the pharmacology of various medications given in an ICU setting, such as sedatives, paralytics, pain medications, respiratory medications, and others
Explain best practices for sedation titration in ventilated patients
Identify safety and best practices for patients receiving medications for cardiovascular support
Describe safe practices in the use of anticoagulants for blood clots and DVT prophylaxis
Evaluate case scenarios that require pharmacology knowledge to provide safe patient care


Chapter 1 - Introduction/Outline

Chapter 2 - Sedation

  • Best Practice
  • Propofol
  • Dexmetomidine
  • Midazolam 

Chapter 3 - Paralytics

  • Indications
  • Evidence Review
  • Implications for Practice 

Chapter 4 - Pain Medications

  • Opioids
  • Opioid Receptor Antagonist 

Chapter 5 - Antimicrobials

  • Best Practice

Chapter 6 - Respiratory

  • Albuterol

Chapter 7 - PUD Prophylaxis

  • Best Practice

Chapter 8 - Cardiovascular

  • Beta-blockers
  • Milrinone
  • Vasoactive medication
  • a. Dopamine
  • b. Phenylephrine
  • c. Norepinephrine
  • d. Vasopressin

Chapter 9 - Anticoagulants

  • Heparin
  • a. Best Practice
  • V. Anticoagulant use in CVA
  • W. DVT Prophylaxis

Chapter 10 - Diuretics

Chapter 11 - Case Scenario 1

Chapter 12 - Case Scenario 2

Chapter 13 - Conclusion

  • References