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Sedative Drug Use

Sedative Drug Use is a topic covered in the Pocket ICU Management.

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First Things First (assess & treat for the following)

  • Does pt have any life-threatening causes of agitation that require immediate attention?
    • Hypoxemia
    • Hypercarbia
    • Severe metabolic acidosis/alkalosis
    • Severe electrolyte abnormalities
    • Hypotension
    • CNS infection
    • Hypoglycemia
    • Drug toxicity, alcohol/drug withdrawal
    • CVA, intracranial hemorrhage
    • MI
    • Pneumothorax
    • Pulmonary edema
    • Seizure
    • Abdominal pain secondary to perforation, abscess, pancreatitis
    • Endotracheal tube malposition
  • Does pt have any correctable causes of agitation?
    • Delirium/dementia
      • Hepatic encephalopathy
      • Renal failure, uremia
      • Meds/toxins
    • Ventilator dyssynchrony
      • Inadequate ventilation (hypercarbia)
      • Inadequate oxygenation
      • Inadequate tidal volume/flow
      • Obstruction of ETT
    • Endocrinopathies
      • Hypo/hyperadrenocortisolism
      • Hypo/hyperglycemia
    • Distended bladder
    • Sleep deprivation
    • Disorientation/fear
      • Inability to communicate
      • Noise
    • Pain
      • From procedures
      • Decubitus
      • Oral/nasal gastric tubes
      • Oral ulcerations
      • Invasive monitors

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Last updated: May 5, 2010


"Sedative Drug Use." Pocket ICU Management, PocketMedicine.com, Inc, 2010. Anesthesia Central, anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534032/all/Sedative_Drug_Use.
Sedative Drug Use. Pocket ICU Management. PocketMedicine.com, Inc; 2010. https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534032/all/Sedative_Drug_Use. Accessed April 19, 2019.
Sedative Drug Use. (2010). In Pocket ICU Management. Available from https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534032/all/Sedative_Drug_Use
Sedative Drug Use [Internet]. In: Pocket ICU Management. PocketMedicine.com, Inc; 2010. [cited 2019 April 19]. Available from: https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534032/all/Sedative_Drug_Use.
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