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Sedation and Pain Scales

Sedation and Pain Scales is a topic covered in the Pocket ICU Management.

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  • Anxiety, pain and delirium in combination or separately are common causes of agitation in critically ill patients.
  • Does the patient have any life threatening causes of agitation that require immediate attention? (see Sedative Drug Use).
  • The prompt and effective treatment of pain is a vital component of each patient’s care. Acute pain in hos pitalized patients is often under appreciated and inadequately treated. The patient’s responses to pain cancause adverse physiologic effects which may impede return of normal function.
  • Delirium is common and is often unrecognized.

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Last updated: May 5, 2010


"Sedation and Pain Scales." Pocket ICU Management, PocketMedicine.com, Inc, 2010. Anesthesia Central, anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534136/all/Sedation_and_Pain_Scales.
Sedation and Pain Scales. Pocket ICU Management. PocketMedicine.com, Inc; 2010. https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534136/all/Sedation_and_Pain_Scales. Accessed April 21, 2019.
Sedation and Pain Scales. (2010). In Pocket ICU Management. Available from https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534136/all/Sedation_and_Pain_Scales
Sedation and Pain Scales [Internet]. In: Pocket ICU Management. PocketMedicine.com, Inc; 2010. [cited 2019 April 21]. Available from: https://anesth.unboundmedicine.com/anesthesia/view/Pocket-ICU-Management/534136/all/Sedation_and_Pain_Scales.
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