Emergency Cardiac Drugs: Essential Facts for Med-Surg Nurses

Ira Gene Reynolds, MSNEd, RN, PCCN-CMC

 

Overview:

In the hospital setting, emergencies typically occur in emergency departments (EDs) and intensive care units (ICUs). But many also take place in progressive care units or general nursing units. And when they do, they can cause marked anxiety for nurses—especially those unfamiliar or inexperienced with the drugs used in these emergencies.

Purpose/Goal: To help med-surg nurses understand drugs used to manage emergencies involving acute coronary syndrome, bradycardia, and tachycardia.


Objectives:

1. Identify the actions and indications of drugs used to manage emergencies involving acute coronary syndrome, bradycardia, and tachycardia.
2. State the standard dosages for these drugs.
3. Describe nursing implications of these drugs.


Author:

Ira Gene Reynolds, MSNEd, RN, PCCN-CMC, is a full-time faculty member in the Nursing Program at Provo College in Provo, Utah.

The planners and author of this CNE activity have disclosed no financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.


Contact Hours: 1.6

Expiration Date: 12/31/2012

Pharmacology Hours: 1.6

 

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