Sedation in Intensive Care
The term “sedation” as used by intensivists carries a number of meanings. While traditionally sedation is defined as use of hypnotic-sedative drugs to produce drowsiness, this term is misleading and dates from the days in which barbiturates were the only such drugs available . With the development of “tranquilizers”, the traditional sedative-hypnotic drugs have come to play a lesser role in daytime sedation, although the drugs traditionally classified as tranquilizers are more commonly used in psychiatric disorders than in the intensive care unit (ICU). Indeed, in the ICU the demand for and indication for sedation cover a wide spectrum, and the majority of drugs used have general depressant properties.
KeywordsIntensive Care Unit Sedative Drug Status Asthmaticus Refractory Status Epilepticus Barbiturate Coma
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