Dexmedetomidine as adjunct treatment for severe alcohol withdrawal in the ICU

@inproceedings{Rayner2012DexmedetomidineAA,
  title={Dexmedetomidine as adjunct treatment for severe alcohol withdrawal in the ICU},
  author={Samuel G Rayner and Craig Weinert and Helen Peng and Stacy Jepsen and Alain F. Broccard},
  booktitle={Annals of intensive care},
  year={2012}
}
BACKGROUND Patients undergoing alcohol withdrawal in the intensive care unit (ICU) often require escalating doses of benzodiazepines and not uncommonly require intubation and mechanical ventilation for airway protection. This may lead to complications and prolonged ICU stays. Experimental studies and single case reports suggest the α2-agonist dexmedetomidine is effective in managing the autonomic symptoms seen with alcohol withdrawal. We report a retrospective analysis of 20 ICU patients… CONTINUE READING
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