Attitudes and beliefs of physicians and nurses have shifted during the past decade, resulting in more frequent administration of analgesics and sedatives to neonates. However, nurses caring for critically ill newborns have difficulty in determining appropriate interventions because of the lack of clear and complete knowledge related to the use of analgesia and sedation in this patient population. This chapter presents current information on six key issues related to the use of analgesia and sedation in neonates. An algorithm for determining appropriate intervention for neonates with pain, distress, or agitation is proposed to provide a more systematic approach to the use of analgesics and sedatives
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Analgesia and Sedation in the Critically Ill Patient| November 01 1991
Issues Regarding the Use of Analgesia and Sedation in Critically Ill Neonates
Linda Sturla Franck, MS, RN
From the Critical Care Nursing Division, Children’s Hospital, Oakland, California.
Reprint requests to Linda S. Franck, MS, RN, Director, Critical Care Nursing, Children’s Hospital, 747 52nd St., Oakland, CA 94609.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1991) 2 (4): 709–719.
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Linda Sturla Franck; Issues Regarding the Use of Analgesia and Sedation in Critically Ill Neonates. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 November 1991; 2 (4): 709–719. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/15597768-1991-4011
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