What is sedation?
Sedation is commonly used to put your critically ill loved one into an induced coma.
Commonly used sedatives are
- Dexmedetomidine(Precedex), Clonidine
- Thiopentone(mainly in head and brain injuries)
Other aides being used for sedation are Opioids(pain medication)
Commonly used Opioids in Intensive Care are
How is sedation given or administered?
Sedation is given through a CVC (Central venous lines) via an Infusion pump so that the rate can be tightly controlled. Sometimes sedation can also be given through a peripheral venous catheter, mainly in the absence of a CVC(Central venous line).
Common side effects of sedation are
- hypotension(=low blood pressure)
- respiratory depression(= slow breathing)
- irregular heart rhythm
- drug specific effects
- disturbed sleep and disturbed day and night rhythm
- withdrawal especially from Midazolam, Fentanyl and Morphine
Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please discuss them with the ICU nurses and doctors.
All Intensive Care interventions and procedures carry a degree of potential risk even when performed by skilled and experienced staff. Please discuss these issues with the medical and nursing staff who are caring for your loved one.
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