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Why are most patients in the icu sedated?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Arnon Rubin
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: For various reasons
There are two main reasons to sedate patients.
First is for comfort, having a breathing tube or getting stuck for procedure is uncomfortable and allows patient to tolerate these interventions. A second reason is when patients are critically ill you want to control various physiologic parameters such as breathing and heart rate. We sedate people so we can manipulate these factors.

In brief: For various reasons
There are two main reasons to sedate patients.
First is for comfort, having a breathing tube or getting stuck for procedure is uncomfortable and allows patient to tolerate these interventions. A second reason is when patients are critically ill you want to control various physiologic parameters such as breathing and heart rate. We sedate people so we can manipulate these factors.
Dr. Arnon Rubin
Dr. Arnon Rubin
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Comfort
Historically it has been felt patients need to be sedated to tolerate the procedures administered in the intensive care unit such as mechanical ventilation.
Also many patients are delirious as a part of their illness and are sedated to avoid removing tubes/ catheters. More recent evidence suggests patients actually do better if the sedation can be minimized, to the extent this can be done safely.

In brief: Comfort
Historically it has been felt patients need to be sedated to tolerate the procedures administered in the intensive care unit such as mechanical ventilation.
Also many patients are delirious as a part of their illness and are sedated to avoid removing tubes/ catheters. More recent evidence suggests patients actually do better if the sedation can be minimized, to the extent this can be done safely.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. Michael DePietro
If sedation can be minimized patients are less likely to have prolonged confusion in the ICU, and may be able to get off breathing machines faster. This must be balanced with keeping patients comfortable and safe. Improving ICU sedation to achieve these goals is an active and challenging area of critical care research
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Discomfort
It's uncomfortable to be critically ill and often support equipment is needed to correct the physical problem. This includes ventilators and dialysis machines.
For comfort and also safety, sedation is necessary.

In brief: Discomfort
It's uncomfortable to be critically ill and often support equipment is needed to correct the physical problem. This includes ventilators and dialysis machines.
For comfort and also safety, sedation is necessary.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
In brief: Comfort
Icu patients often have tubes (example endotracheal tube, central lines, etc) and these tend to be quite uncomfortable so to keep patients comfortable, they ate sedated.
Another reason is that these tubes/lines need to be maintained and they can become dislodged with movement so patients are sedated to avoid this from happening.

In brief: Comfort
Icu patients often have tubes (example endotracheal tube, central lines, etc) and these tend to be quite uncomfortable so to keep patients comfortable, they ate sedated.
Another reason is that these tubes/lines need to be maintained and they can become dislodged with movement so patients are sedated to avoid this from happening.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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