Journal article

Early Sedation with Dexmedetomidine in Critically Ill Patients

Y Shehabi, BD Howe, R Bellomo, YM Arabi, M Bailey, FE Bass, S Bin Kadiman, CJ McArthur, L Murray, MC Reade, IM Seppelt, J Takala, MP Wise, SA Webb

New England Journal of Medicine | MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SOC | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Dexmedetomidine produces sedation while maintaining a degree of arousability and may reduce the duration of mechanical ventilation and delirium among patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). The use of dexmedetomidine as the sole or primary sedative agent in patients undergoing mechanical ventilation has not been extensively studied. METHODS: In an open-label, randomized trial, we enrolled critically ill adults who had been undergoing ventilation for less than 12 hours in the ICU and were expected to continue to receive ventilatory support for longer than the next calendar day to receive dexmedetomidine as the sole or primary sedative or to receive usual care (propofol, midazol..

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