Analgosedation and Neuromuscular Blockers [book]

Eelco F. M. Wijdicks, Sarah L. Clark
2018 Oxford Medicine Online  
Sedation is beneficial to many restless patients but it may prolong the length of stay in the intensive care unit, prolong time on the ventilator, and have negative effects on the cardiovascular system, causing hemodynamic instability. Use of neuromuscular blockers has decreased due to better awareness of the risks. These risks include prolonged intensive-care-unit–acquired weakness, prolonged mechanical ventilation, risk of patient awareness during paralysis, risk for venous thromboembolism,
more » ... thromboembolism, and anaphylaxis. It is therefore important to have a good knowledge of these drugs and when to use them. This chapter provides a rationale of how to use sedatives and neuromuscular blockers in neurocritically ill patients.
doi:10.1093/med/9780190684747.003.0002 fatcat:rj6iyzbk5jggjijwju4cykxoi4