Withdrawal symptoms in long term sedation exposure of pediatric intensive care patients

Susanne Kotz


Objective: This paper will discuss the specific withdrawal symptoms in long term sedation of pediatric intensive care patients, the selection of medication and the special care which these pediatric patients require.

Result: The patients of a pediatric intensive care unit are often postoperative, seriously traumatized, or in a life-
threatening circulatory situation, therefore ventilation, analgesia and sedation, and if necessary muscle relaxation is indicated. This is to reduce stress and to allow invasive procedures.

Conclusion: The withdrawal from long term sedation in the context of a pediatric intensive care unit is a big challenge for the nurses, who are the closest to the patients.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jnep.v3n11p111

Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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