Sedative Medications: Challenging to Predict Clinical Effectiveness in Some Mechanically Ventilated Patients

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Abstract

SYNOPSIS:

This pilot study reports that dexmedetomidine might be the sedative of choice for less ill mechanically ventilated ICU patients who take antidepressant medications at home.

SOURCE:

Smithburger PL, et al. Patient predictors of dexmedetomidine effectiveness for sedation in intensive care units. Am J Crit Care 2014;23: 160-165.

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