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Pharmacologic Management in Critical Care and Emergency Medicine

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Course Description

This course is designed to broaden and deepen the critical care and/or emergency medicine nurse’s knowledge and application of pharmacologic treatment principles. This course is designed to build a strong foundation of critical under-standing of pharmacokinetic basics that can be applied to all drugs. The course will then explore common conditions found in critical patient populations with an emphasis on pharmacologic management.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Apply pharmacokinetic principles to pharmacological management of critical care and emergency medicine conditions (including overdose).
  • Practice evidence-based medicine according to current guidelines and recent literature.
  • Identify and utilize appropriate drug resources and references to procure relevant drug information.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Principles of Renal Function and Renal Dosing
  • Rapid Sequence Intubation
  • Sedation and Analgesia
  • Electrolyte Abnormalities
  • Sepsis

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis
  • Anticoagulation I
  • Anticoagulation II
  • Toxicology I
  • Toxicology II