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Nightmares After ICU Linked to Heavy Sedation

Wednesday, July 24, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Heavy Sedation in the ICU may Increase Risk of Later PTSD


A New York Times 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 PTSD, hallucinations 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. The 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.


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