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Cardiac Inotropes

CARDIAC INOTROPES PROGRAM:

IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE FOR HEART FAILURE PATIENTS

Patients with severe heart failure may require continuous intravenous (IV) inotropic medication to improve their heart’s pumping action and to maintain blood pressure. The goals of inotropic therapy are to decrease the signs and symptoms of heart failure, improve the patient’s quality of life, and for some, serve as a bridge to a heart transplant.

At Rochester Home Infusion, we work closely with your hospital’s care team and methodically plan your discharge to ensure a successful transition to home. You will receive individualized patient education from our expert clinicians about your disease state, medication, and response to therapy.

We have developed a clinical program to monitor your response to inotropic medication. We then use the program’s tools to communicate with your physician so that, during your follow-up appointments, they are able to better measure your response to the medication. In addition, through our regular clinical assessments, we monitor changes of your day-to-day function to track how well your medication is working for you, assess side effects, and consult with your physician if concerns arise.

Collaboration is the key to our success – we work with you, your caregiver, your physician, and your home health nurse to ensure better quality of life, and, for some, a bridge to a new heart.

CARDIAC INOTROPES:

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS AT HOME

Inotropic medication is a continuous IV infusion delivered via an ambulatory pump. In most cases, a prepared bag of medication is changed daily by the patient, who has received multiple trainings while in the hospital by a RHI nurse. A home health nurse will schedule regular home visits for laboratory draws and clinical assessment.

EXAMPLES OF COMMON CARDIAC INOTROPES USED AT HOME:

  • Milrinone
  • Dobutamine
  • Dopamine