Practical skills

How to administer inotropic drugs

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 01 hr
  • Last updated: 2020
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This practical learning module describes how to administer inotropic drugs in a safe and patient-centred manner. Inotropic drugs affect how heart muscle contracts and should be administered via a central venous catheter. The evidence base for their use with patients with cardiac conditions is discussed as well as risk assessment and management.

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Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to www.rcn.org.uk/covid-19/rcn-position

Andrew Parry, Lecturer, adult nursing, School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University, Wales.


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