Intensive Care Sedation
Attitudes to the sedation of critically patients has changed considerably in the past ten years. In 1981, Merriman  reported a survey of intensive care units (ICU). He found that 67% of the units preferred their patients to be deeply sedated and unaware of their surroundings. The patients were wakened only occasionally and 91% ICU surveyed used neuromuscular blocking agents frequently. In 1987, Bion and Ledingham , again surveyed ICU. In this study, 69% of responding units preferred patients to be asleep but easily rouseable, and only 16% used muscle relaxants frequently. Increasing knowledge of the risks associated with sedative agents and techniques has influenced the practice of sedation in intensive care.
KeywordsMorphine Diazepam Fentanyl Midazolam Isoflurane
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