The Role of Dexmedetomidine in Intensive Care

  • R. Rahman West
  • A. Rhodes
  • R. M. Grounds


The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved dexmedetomidine in December 1999 for use as a continuous infusion in post-operative ventilated patients for up to 24 hours in the intensive care unit (ICU). It is not yet approved in the European Union. Its use is currently being evaluated in a number of different situations: Longer-term use, perioperative care, anesthesia, and postoperative analgesia. This chapter will focus on its potential for intensive care patients.


Intensive Care Unit Intensive Care Unit Patient Respiratory Depression Sedative Agent Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Rahman West
    • 1
  • A. Rhodes
    • 1
  • R. M. Grounds
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Intensive CareSt George’s HospitalLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive CareFriedrich-Schiller-UniversityJenaGermany

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