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Key messages

Inotropes and vasopressors are vital medicines that are commonly used to treat the heart – mostly in our hospitals’ intensive care units (ICUs) or critical care units (CCUs).

Research shows the way they are used varies significantly between health services.

To help reduce medication errors and support consistent, high-quality care for all Victorian patients, we have released standardised guidelines on how centrally administered inotropes and vasopressors are prepared, dosed and administered.

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Download the standardised guidelines

The guidelines cover nine commonly used medicines:

Adrenaline (epinephrine)







Noradrenaline (norepinephrine)

Vasopressin (Argipressin)

Implementing the guidelines in your health service

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This document is designed to help you implement the above guidelines.

It contains strategies and resources to help you manage change at your service.

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Please let us know if you’re planning to implement the guidelines, and we will keep you updated on the latest information as statewide implementation progresses.

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Get in touch

Critical Care Clinical Network
Safer Care Victoria
+61 3 9096 7156

Page last updated: 22 Jan 2019