Pharmacological therapy of acute cardiogenic pulmonary oedema in the emergency department

Colin A Graham
Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA 2004, 16 (1): 47-54
This paper critically reviews the major drug types that are currently used in the management of acute cardiogenic pulmonary oedema. As decompensated heart failure becomes an increasingly common problem in emergency departments in the developed world, optimization of emergency drug therapy for these critically ill patients is essential. The evidence base for 'routine therapy' in the ED is considered. The review also briefly considers emerging pharmacological therapies that may have an impact on future management of cardiogenic pulmonary oedema.

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