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Efficacy and Safety of a Paired Sedation and Ventilator Weaning Protocol in ICU

Efficacy and Safety of a Paired Sedation and Ventilator Weaning Protocol in ICU

Approaches to removal of sedation and mechanical ventilation for critically ill patients vary widely. Our aim was to assess a protocol that paired spontaneous awakening trials (SATs)—ie, daily interruption of sedatives—with spontaneous breathing trials (SBTs).

Our results suggest that a wake up and breathe protocol that pairs daily spontaneous awakening trials (ie, interruption of sedatives) with daily spontaneous breathing trials results in better outcomes for mechanically ventilated patients in intensive care than current standard approaches and should become routine practice.

For every seven patients treated with the intervention, one life was saved.

CriticalCare.news
August 9, 2020

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