Practical considerations in sedating the elderly.


CS can safely be administered to the elderly population. The definition of elderly is a subjective term. That is, each patient should be considered as an individual person with different physiologic and psychologic needs. Special attention must be given to ensure a safe environment for induction of sedation. The patient should be fully assessed, keeping in mind the physiologic changes that accompany aging. Elderly patients have an increased variability of drug response. Elderly patients have a decreased requirement for most anesthetic drugs. Elderly patients have an increased redosing interval. Continuous monitoring for signs of intolerance and cautious administration of sedation will help reduce the risks associated with sedation in the elderly.

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@article{Darling1997PracticalCI, title={Practical considerations in sedating the elderly.}, author={Elizabeth Darling}, journal={Critical care nursing clinics of North America}, year={1997}, volume={9 3}, pages={371-80} }