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Efficacy and Safety of a Paired Sedation and Ventilator Weaning

Efficacy and Safety of a Paired Sedation and Ventilator Weaning

The purpose of this study is to determine the impact of a new RN/RRT (Registered Nurse/Registered Respiratory Therapist) directed 2-step protocol to wean patients off of a ventilator. This protocol involves daily attempts to halt sedation (spontaneous awakening trials) combined with daily assessments of patients while they are breathing on their own (spontaneous breathing trials).

Unnecessary delays in removing patients from mechanical ventilation increase morbidity, mortality, and cost. According to recently published guidelines, the current standard of care for weaning involves the daily assessment of patients while they are breathing spontaneously, also known as spontaneous breathing trials (SBT).

While there are important data to support a daily cessation of sedatives and analgesics to the point of patient awakening, the benefit of combining such a daily spontaneous awakening trial (SAT) and an SBT is not known.

This multi-center, randomized controlled trial will test whether a 2-step process of weaning that combines a daily awakening trial (achieved by stopping all sedatives and narcotics every morning) with a daily spontaneous breathing trial is superior to the current standard of care.

CriticalCare.news
September 29, 2020

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