Understanding Shock: Preload, Contractility and Afterload

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Lecture Overview

In part 2 of this series on the recognition and management of shock, clinical educator Joanne Reading discusses the relationships between hypovolaemic shock and preload; cardiogenic shock and contractility; distributive shock and afterload; and preload, contractility and afterload.


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Joanne Reading is a clinical educator at the Royal Melbourne Hospital ICU. She holds a critical care graduate certificate and a Master of Health Science, with a focus on education. Joanne is passionate about ensuring that education is entertaining as it fosters critical thinking, and runs her own nursing education website at ‘Blogging for your Noggin’.
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First Published09 May 2023
Updated09 May 2023
09 May 2025
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