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Category: Pharmacology

Drug Shortages: Safety of Antiepileptics During Drug Shortages

This article was first published in the June 2018 issue of Critical Connections. The Drug Shortages column addresses recent events and issues related to drug shortages. 

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Drug Withdrawal Syndromes: Managing Our Drugs or Theirs

This is a complimentary chapter from the textbook: Current Concepts in Adult Critical Care titled, "Drug Withdrawal Syndromes: Managing Our Drugs or Theirs"

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Delirium in the ICU: Causes and Management

T his is a presentation from the 2016 Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course: Adult (MCCRC) on  Delirium in the ICU

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Drug Overdoses

This is a presentation from the 2016 Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course: Adult (MCCRC) on  Drug Overdoses

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Congestive Heart Failure: Definitions, Pathogenesis, Pharmacologic and Device Management

This is a presentation from the 2016 Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course: Adult (MCCRC) on  Congestive Heart Failure

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Sedation and Analgesia: Practical Drug Selection and Pharmacology

This is a presentation from the 2016 Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course: Adult (MCCRC) on  Sedation and Analgesia  

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Guidelines for Sustained Neuromuscular Blockade in the Adult Critically Ill Patient

A Statement for Healthcare Professionals from the Neurocritical Care Society and Society of Critical Care Medicine​. 

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Safe Medication Use in the ICU

Clinical Practice Guideline: Safe Medication Use in the ICU  provides ICU clinicians with evidence-based guidance on safe medication use practices for the critically ill. Crit Care Med 2017; 45(9):e877-e915

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Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Pain, Agitation/Sedation, Delirium, Immobility, and Sleep Disruption in Adult Patients in the ICU

The Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Pain, Agitation/Sedation, Delirium, Immobility, and Sleep Disruption in Adult Patients in the ICU, known as the PADIS Guidelines, are an update to the 2013 Pain, Agitation, Delirium Guidelines.

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Evaluation and Management of the Poisoned Child

This is a presentation from the 2016 Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course: Pediatric (MCCRC) on the  Evaluation and Management of the Poisoned Child

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Poisons and Toxidromes

This is a presentation from the 2016 Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course: Pediatric (MCCRC) on  Poisons and Toxidromes

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Pharmacology: Five Things You Need to Know

This is a presentation from the 2016 Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course: Pediatric (MCCRC) on Pharmacology.   

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Analgesia, Sedation, Neuromuscular Blockade

This is a presentation from the 2016 Multiprofessional Critical Care Review Course: Pediatric (MCCRC) on Analgesia, Sedation, Neuromuscular Blockade  

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The Vasopressor Toolbox for Defending Blood Pressure

"The Vasopressor Toolbox for Defending Blood Pressure" was published in the April/May 2017 issue of Critical Connections.

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Drug Shortage Alert: Intravenous Loop Diuretics (November 2012)

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s (SCCM) Drug Shortage Task Force has identified a shortage leading to variable availability of intravenous loop diuretics, including bumetanide, furosemide, and torsemide. The task force has recommended management strategies, outlined alt...

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Drug Shortage Alert: General Considerations (December 2012)

This drug shortage alert is designed to assist the multiprofessional team with implementing a consistent and safe approach to managing drug shortages by highlighting key strategic planning considerations.

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Drug Shortage Alert: Web Resources (May 2017)

To formulate and implement alternative plans in the face of drug shortages in the intensive care unit, timely and accurate information on drug supply is critical. Because the status of a drug shortage can change rapidly and information exists in multiple areas, the Society of ...

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Drug Shortage Alert: Fosphenytoin (October 2017)

This summary provides information in the event of a fosphenytoin shortage and its impact on adult and pediatric patients, providing management strategies, pharmacotherapeutic considerations, and safety considerations. The recommendations provided are based on a combination of ...

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Drug Shortage Alert: Alternative Medications for Procedural Sedation (October 2017)

Medications frequently used for procedural sedation are currently being affected by shortages due to manufacturer discontinuation and/or increased demand. These alternative medication recommendations can be considered when a drug shortage arises within a particular class of me...

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Drug Shortages Alert: Intravenous (IV) Sodium Bicarbonate (November 2017)

Intravenous (IV) sodium bicarbonate syringes and vials have previously and sporadically been affected by shortages due to manufacturer discontinuation and/or increased demand. More details can be found here: http://www.ashp.org/shortages. In addition to this brief summary, the...

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