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Revamp Your Sepsis Bundle – Controversies with Vasopressors in Septic Shock

Sean P. Kane, PharmD, BCPS and Candice Schaper, MSN, RN, CFRN, CCRN, CEN, PHRN

Sean P. Kane, PharmD, BCPS
Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Assistant
Dean for Assessment
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Critical Care Pharmacist

Advocate Condell Medical Center

Candice Schaper, MSN, RN, CFRN, CCRN, CEN, PHRN
UCAN Flight Nurse
The University of Chicago Medicine


Dr. Sean Kane and Dr. Candice Schaper has no relevant financial conflicts of interest in relation to this activity. All of the relevant financial relationships listed for this individual have been mitigated. The reviewers who contributed to this activity have nothing to disclose.

Type of Activity: Knowledge-based

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the concept of a “maximum” dose of a vasopressor for septic shock and identify strategies to achieve goal mean arterial pressure in patients who exceed this maximum.
  • Discuss optimal sedation strategies for mechanically ventilated patients with septic shock requiring vasopressor therapy.
  • Describe risk associated with use of vasopressors through peripheral access.
  • Review risks associated with specific vasopressor agents used peripherally.
  • Describe reasonable surveillance of peripheral IV with administration of vasopressor agents and options for management of an identified extravasation event.
Target Audience: Pharmacists Fee: $10 (or $90 for all 10 courses). For C4 2023 participants who registered for the live program, please use the access code provided to you by email.
Release Date: May 16, 2023 Expiration Date: September 25, 2025
Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour CE: 1.0 contact hours (0.1 CEUs)

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