Monthly Archives: August 2018

What are Calcium Channel Blockers?

We did a couple of videos and articles discussing calcium channel blockers. But here, we’ll solely focus on calcium channel blockers as a negative chronotropic drug. So, the primary goal of calcium channel blockers is to stop the depolarization or the contractility of the vessels of the heart, bringing the organ to a relaxed state. [...]

By | 2018-08-22T03:24:11-08:00 August 31st, 2018|Pharmacology|Comments Off on What are Calcium Channel Blockers?

Crucial Nursing Precautions for Administering Diuretics

What are the important nursing precautions when dealing with patients taking diuretics? What are the necessary things that you need to remember when giving diuretics to a patient? To answer those questions, we’ll give you a rundown of some signs and symptoms of diuretics and what you have to watch-out-for as the nurse in charge [...]

By | 2018-08-21T16:15:10-08:00 August 29th, 2018|Medical, Student Info|Comments Off on Crucial Nursing Precautions for Administering Diuretics

Emergency Medications: The Difference between Antidysrhythmics and Beta Blockers

In this section of, we’ll be looking at two types of emergency medications – antidysrhythmics and beta blockers – and whether they’re inotropic, chronotropic, or dromotropic. Let’s begin. Antidysrhythmics Amiodarone is a popular antidysrhythmic medication that has negative chronotropic effects and dromotropic effects. How does this happen? Antidysrhythmics as a Negative Chronotropic Antidysrhythmics are considered [...]

By | 2018-08-21T00:38:35-08:00 August 27th, 2018|Pharmacology|Comments Off on Emergency Medications: The Difference between Antidysrhythmics and Beta Blockers

Dopamine and Epinephrine: Emergency Medications for Life and Death Situations

For the last two drugs included in the acronym, Sax Fifth Avenue when dealing with chronotropic, inotropic, and dromotropic drugs, we have dopamine and epinephrine. Dopamine Dopamine has a lot of effects on the body. Dopamine directly affects blood pressure and is also considered as a vasopressor. Vasopressors put pressure on veins, specifically the vascular [...]

By | 2018-08-19T19:40:54-08:00 August 24th, 2018|Pharmacology|Comments Off on Dopamine and Epinephrine: Emergency Medications for Life and Death Situations

GI Pharmacology: Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI)

In this portion of our gastrointestinal pharmacology, we’ll be going through proton pump inhibitors (PPI), and a bit about H2 blockers and antacids. But mostly, we’ll focus more on proton pump inhibitors. What is PPI? Proton pump inhibitors are the last, most effective GI medication to bring down the production of acid in the stomach. [...]

By | 2018-08-18T22:47:24-08:00 August 22nd, 2018|Pharmacology|Comments Off on GI Pharmacology: Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI)

Immunology Review: Your Comprehensive Guide to HIV

In immunology, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a huge topic. So, in this lecture, you can expect a couple of things: The definition of HIV What viral load is How HIV is different from AIDS How HIV progresses into AIDS The diagnostic tests for HIV The signs and symptoms How to educate patients with [...]

By | 2018-08-18T01:18:00-08:00 August 20th, 2018|Medical|Comments Off on Immunology Review: Your Comprehensive Guide to HIV

Steroid Pharmacology: Corticosteroids in a Nutshell

We’ve mentioned before in a summary lecture of our respiratory drugs the two main categories – BAM and SLM. B-A-M are the bronchodilators, and S-L-M are anti-inflammatories. In this article, we’ll be discussing the “S” in our SLM category. The “S” stands for steroids, or it can also be referred to as Solu-Medrol, which is [...]

By | 2018-08-15T19:37:37-08:00 August 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Steroid Pharmacology: Corticosteroids in a Nutshell

The Pathophysiology of Cardiogenic Shock

Shock has different types, and the manifestations are different for every type. We’ve made a series of lectures talking about these types. Here, we’ll be talking about cardiogenic shock, what it really is, and how it differs from the other types of shock. The important detail that you have to remember with cardiogenic shock is [...]

By | 2018-08-13T20:28:16-08:00 August 15th, 2018|Pathophysiology|Comments Off on The Pathophysiology of Cardiogenic Shock

OB Nursing: Pharmacology for Preterm Labor

Medications for preterm labor are mainly given to slow down the rate of contractions happening inside the uterus. The primary mechanism of action of preterm labor drugs is to prevent or decrease the influx of calcium which triggers these premature contractions. We’ll get into the different medications, their effects, dosage, and other essential information that [...]

By | 2018-08-13T00:29:48-08:00 August 13th, 2018|Pharmacology|Comments Off on OB Nursing: Pharmacology for Preterm Labor

Hypovolemic Shock: Assessment and Manifestations

Hypovolemic shock is quite similar to cardiogenic shock, almost. Both have the same signs and symptoms and are about issues regarding blood volume. Hypovolemic shock, much like cardiogenic shock, is due to decreased perfusion which results in decreased oxygen transport to the rest of the body. Therefore, the clinical manifestations of hypovolemic shock would be [...]

By | 2018-08-09T18:34:11-08:00 August 10th, 2018|Medical, Pathophysiology|Comments Off on Hypovolemic Shock: Assessment and Manifestations