Alpha-2 Agonists for Long-Term Sedation During Mechanical Ventilation in Critically Ill Patients.

@article{Bolton2016Alpha2AF,
  title={Alpha-2 Agonists for Long-Term Sedation During Mechanical Ventilation in Critically Ill Patients.},
  author={Nerys Bolton},
  journal={The American journal of nursing},
  year={2016},
  volume={116 2},
  pages={21}
}
RELEVANCE FOR NURSING Patients who require mechanical ventilation typically need some form of sedation. However, some commonly used sedatives, such as propofol, midazolam, and lorazepam, also lower blood pressure, depress breathing, and delay awakening after a long-term infusion. They may also prolong breathing support time and hospital length of stay. Alpha-2 agonists, such as dexmedetomidine and clonidine, sedate patients but staff can still interact with them, ease pain but do not depress… CONTINUE READING

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