Intubated, mechanically ventilated adult patients often require continuous sedation to alleviate anxiety and stress. Treatment decisions must balance the appropriateness and results of therapy with cost/benefit analysis. Propofol is a new drug to the intensive care setting; previously, it was used as an anesthetic sedative in the operating room. Many staff nurses are not familiar with the use of propofol in intensive care. In this article, the author reviews current practical uses and benefits for patients
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Professional Issues, Technical Innovations, and Clinical Trends| February 01 1995
Propofol: A New Treatment in Intensive Care Unit Sedation
Bette K. Idemoto, MSN, RN, CS, CCRN
From the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio.
Reprint requests to Bette K. Idemoto, MSN, RN, CS, CCRN, Medical-Surgical Clinical Nurse Specialist, Surgical ICU, University Hospitals of Cleveland, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1995) 6 (1): 135–142.
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Bette K. Idemoto; Propofol: A New Treatment in Intensive Care Unit Sedation. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 February 1995; 6 (1): 135–142. doi:
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