Fluid Resuscitation and Vasopressors

           Topics Covered

  • 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

  • Dopamine

  • Dobutamine

  • Epinephrine

  • Norepinephrine

  • Neosynephrine

  • Vasopressin

  • Physiologic barriers to successful titration

  • Implications to practice

  • Considerations for safe use

About the course:

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.

Successful completion:

Successful completion of this course is accomplished by completing the entire training session.


All equipment used in this course is provided with the cost of attendance.


Dr. John Russell, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, RNFA

Continuing Education Contact Hours:

2 contact hours including 1.5 pharmacology contact hours*

Cost of Attendance:


*This activity has been submitted to the Ohio Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-091)


Please call John Russell at 309-370-7582 for more information about contact hours.

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