List the properties of an ideal inotrope (50% of marks). How does adrenaline compare
to these ideal properties (50% of marks)?
Many candidates scored very highly on this core topic. It was expected information be included
on pharmaceutics, cost, availability and compatibilities. Relevant pharmacokinetics
(onset/offset, titratability) and pharmacodynamics (including relevant receptors, nuances of
haemodynamic effects e.g. effect on diastolic pressure and regional perfusion) should have
been detailed. Adverse effects and safety profile (e.g. use in pregnancy, therapeutic index)
should also have been included.
Good answers were structured and highlighted differences with specific facts and data