New Nurse Podcast

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As a new nurse you might be worried about killing your patient. This podcast will help you avoid doing that by teaching you what to do if you find yourself in a "worst case scenario" in the ICU..

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Ever wondered what kind of fluids are hanging in your IV bag and why? Hopefully, this audio podcast will answer all of your questions about: Crystalloids Isotonic Solutions: Normal Saline, Lactated Ringers, D5W Hypotonic Solutions: D51/2 NS, .45% NS, D5W Hypertonic Solutions: D5NS, D5LR, 3% NS, 10%NS Colloids Hetastarch, Albumin, Mannitol, Dextran    
Dopamine/Inotropin Dopamine is a dose dependent medication, meaning it activates different receptors depending upon the dose given.  Low dose activates dopaminergic receptors which causes vasodilation.  At 2-10 mcg/kg/min, beta 1 is stimulated and you get increased cardiac contractility making this a positive inotrope.  This should be easy to remember since the name of the drug is Inotropin!  At…
Definitions Vasoactive is an umbrella term for any drug that makes your heart rate and/or blood pressure go up or down. Vasopressor, on the other hand, is a term for a drug that makes your blood pressure goes up by the process of vasoconstriction (squeeze). A positive inotrope is different from a vasopressor in that an inotrope affects cardiac contractility in a positive way- e.g. it makes your h…

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Nov 18th, 2010
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Dec 30th, 2011
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