05.02 Amiodarone (Pacerone)
a-fib, ventricular arrhythmias, SVT, ACLS protocol for v-fib and v-tach
Prolongs phase 3 of the action potential, makes the heart more tolerant to arrhythmias, inhibits adrenergic stimulation, slows rate, decreases peripheral vascular resistance causing vasodilation
Antiarrhythmic class III, potassium channel blocker
• May lead to ARDS, pulmonary toxicity, CHF, bradycardia, hypotension
• Increases risk for QT prolongation
• Increases digoxin levels
• Increases activity of warfarin
• Monitor EKG continuously while on therapy
• Assess for signs and symptoms of ARDS
• Monitor liver function test
• Check dosage with another RN
• Teach pt to monitor pulse daily and report abnormalities
• Avoid drinking grapefruit juice
Cornell Note-Taking System Instructions:
- Record: During the lecture, use the note-taking column to record the lecture using telegraphic sentences.
- Questions: As soon after class as possible, formulate questions based onthe notes in the right-hand column. Writing questions helps to clarifymeanings, reveal relationships, establish continuity, and strengthenmemory. Also, the writing of questions sets up a perfect stage for exam-studying later.
- Recite: Cover the note-taking column with a sheet of paper. Then, looking at the questions or cue-words in the question and cue column only, say aloud, in your own words, the answers to the questions, facts, or ideas indicated by the cue-words.
- Reflect: Reflect on the material by asking yourself questions, for example: “What’s the significance of these facts? What principle are they based on? How can I apply them? How do they fit in with what I already know? What’s beyond them?
- Review: Spend at least ten minutes every week reviewing all your previous notes. If you do, you’ll retain a great deal for current use, as well as, for the exam.
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