Sedation and Analgesia in ICU
The aims of a sedation and analgesic regimen in ICU are:
- To provide as pleasant an experience for the patient as possible through ameliorating anxiety, agitation and minimising patient discomfort.
- To ensure patient safety.
- To facilitate patient participation in their care.
- To reduce oxygen consumption when required.
- To provide anaesthesia during potentially traumatic experiences, e.g. neuromuscular blockade.
- To improve outcome through all of the above.