Analgesia and Sedation

  • Ruben J. Azocar
  • Pouneh Taghizadeh
  • Ishaq Lat


Providing the critically ill patient with sedatives to minimize anxiety and recollection of unpleasant events and providing adequate analgesia is an integral function of the critical care team. However, there is a fine balance between providing comfort and causing over-sedation with the possibility of adverse outcomes in both scenarios. Treating pain, anxiety, and delirium are all priorities of utmost importance.


Epidural Analgesia Epidural Catheter Psychoactive Medication Delirium Assessment Blunt Thoracic Trauma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruben J. Azocar
    • 1
  • Pouneh Taghizadeh
    • 2
  • Ishaq Lat
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyBoston University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnesthesiologyBoston University Medical CenterBostonUSA
  3. 3.Pharmacy DepartmentUniversity of Chicago Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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