Mechanical Ventilation [chapter]

Neil T. Bennett, T. James Gallagher
2001 Surgical Intensive Care Medicine  
Purpose: The aim of the study was to characterize the practices of Brazilian ICU physicians toward sedation and delirium. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among a convenience sample of critical care physicians between April and June 2008. Results: One thousand fifteen critical care physicians responded. Sedation scoring systems were used by 893 (88.3%) of the respondents. The Ramsay and Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale were used by 81.9% and 6.8% of the
more » ... of the respondents, respectively. Most respondents did not discuss sedation targets (62.8%) or practice daily sedative interruption (68.3%) in most patients. More than half of the respondents (52.7%) used a sedation protocol, and the most used sedatives were midazolam (97.8%), fentanyl (91.5%), and propofol (55%). A significant rate of the respondents (42.7%) estimated that more than 25% of
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