Sedation and Analgesia

  • Richard L. Lambert
  • Lela W. Brink
  • Frank A. Maffei


Significant pain and anxiety often accompanies many forms of critical illness. The physiologic stress induced by pain and agitation can impede recovery and the delivery of critical care. Additionally, sedation of children may be required to maintain invasive devices often necessary for the monitoring and care of the critically ill or injured child. A thorough understanding of pain physiology and drug pharmacology is necessary to provide analgesia and anxiolysis.


Respiratory Depression Biliary Atresia Inactive Metabolite Opioid Withdrawal Procedural Sedation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard L. Lambert
    • 1
  • Lela W. Brink
    • 1
  • Frank A. Maffei
    • 1
  1. 1.Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Geisinger Medical CenterTemple University School of Medicine, Janet Weis Children’s HospitalDanvilleUSA

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