Critical Care Pharmacology: Board Review Questions | CME Quick Quiz

Paul Griner, MD, MACPEmergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nurse Practitioner, Question of the Week, Urgent Care

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Critical Care Pharmacology

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Critical care pharmacology - sedation and analgesia - are central elements in the care of critically ill patients. The goal of critical care analgesic therapy is to provide relief from pain and physical discomfort which may lead to poor sleep, agitation, or a stress response. In choosing the ideal analgesic drug in the critically ill, the interplay between altered drug pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, organ dysfunction, and side-effect profile must be considered. Test your knowledge of critical care pharmacology with these critical care pharmacology questions, courtesy of Med-Challenger online medical education.

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Critical Care Pharmacology Case:

A 62-year-old man with a history of hypertension has been complaining of abdominal pain for several weeks.

He tells you that the pain is moderate in intensity and does not seem to be related to eating.

He also had chills, but no fevers have been documented.

You order computed tomography of the abdomen, which showed the presence of abdominal aortic aneurysm.

You consult a cardiovascular specialist, who advises urgent surgery because the patient's symptoms may represent rapid progression of the aneurysm.

The surgical procedure is performed without technical difficulties, and the patient is being postoperatively transferred to the intensive care unit


What method of analgesia is preferred in this critical care patient?

Answer Options:

lumbar epidural analgesia



thoracic epidural analgesia

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