A 74-year-old male asked:
can the use of haloperidol (for delirium) or hydromorphone (for pain) mask an elderly pt's ability to respond to antibiotic treatment for suspected sepsis and probable pneumonia?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Ruth Seaman answered
25 years experience Psychiatry
Unsure: It shouldn't. I would think most capable intensivists can monitor sepsis/pneumonia response to antibiotics fairly objectively independent of cognitive status. Excessive (e.g. not reasonable) sedation may reduce depth of breathing and activity level which may secondarily complicate prognosis.
Answered on Aug 14, 2014
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