Acute (Critical) Care Rotation

(Also refer to the general goals and objectives for PhPr 803)


To integrate basic pharmacy-related concepts through patient care activities, discussions, and selected exercises in a critical care setting.


At the completion of this rotation, the student should be able to

1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding about the clinical use, pharmacokinetics, route of administration, adverse effects, and drug interactions of the following:

  • Sympathomimetics: epinephrine, norepinephrine, isoproterenol, dopamine, dobutamine, and phenylephrine
  • Parasympatholytics:  atropine
  • Anticoagulants: heparin, warfarin, thrombolytic agents
  • Vasodilatory agents: nitroglycerin, sodium nitroprusside
  • Blood products: plasmanate, albumin, hetastarch, crystalloid

2. Discuss the pathophysiology, associated laboratory and physical findings, and recommend the therapeutic maneuvers for the following disease entities:

  • Septic shock
  • Cardiogenic shock
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Acid-base balance and arterial blood gases
  • Fluid and electrolytes
  • Toxicological emergencies


Originally posted: August 29, 2013
Last updated: July 1, 2016
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