Daily Interruptions of Sedation: A Clinical Approach to Improve Outcomes in Critically Ill Patients

ArticleinCritical Care Nurse 32(1):43-51 · February 2012with5 Reads
DOI: 10.4037/ccn2012599 · Source: PubMed
The continuous infusion of sedative agents is often necessary for critically ill patients. However, it has been associated with several disadvantages. Numerous interventions to reduce these risks have been evaluated, including the practice of interrupting sedative infusions on a daily basis. A literature search was conducted, and 7 studies were reviewed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of daily interruption of sedative infusions and its outcomes. The implementation of daily sedation interruptions was suggested to minimize multiple complications associated with continuous sedative infusions and was not associated with intensive care-related complications or long-term psychological effects. Additional studies have revealed perceived barriers to the implementation of daily sedation interruptions. Further randomized controlled trials enrolling larger, more diverse samples are needed to provide more evidence regarding the safety and effectiveness of this intervention.
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