Pharmacologic Support of Critically ill Patients

  • K. P. Rothfield
Part of the Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (UICM, volume 28)


Cardiovascular collapse is a devastating clinical entity frequently observed in both medical and surgical intensive care unit patients. Despite the gravity of this condition, advances in cardiovascular physiology, molecular biology, and pharmacology, now allow physicians to offer rational therapeutic interventions to such patients. This chapter will review the basic pathophysiology of cardiac failure, identify cellular targets for pharmacologic intervention, and discuss the actions and uses of some of the newer inotropic agents.


Phosphodiesterase Inhibitor Inotropic Agent High Risk Surgical Patient Inotropic Therapy Surgical Intensive Care Unit Patient 
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