Heavy Sedation in the ICU may Increase Risk of Later PTSD
science section story by Jan Hoffman
reports many patients who have had long stays in the ICU, during which they
were intubated and sedated, suffer long-lasting
and nightmares. The Society for Critical Care Medicine, concerned about the fragile
physical, mental and psychological state of many post-ICU patients, has
recommended new sedation guidelines.
organization has urged critical care doctors to treat for pain first, and only
then weigh the use of benzodiazepines for anxiety. Lighter sedation has been
linked to better cognitive and physical recovery.
Heavier sedation appears to be linked with long
lasting PTSD symptoms and nightmares. Read the story here.