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High-dose dexmedetomidine for sedation in the intensive care unit: an evaluation of clinical efficacy and safety.
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PMID:  21666095     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: Dexmedetomidine is an α(2)-receptor agonist used for sedation in the intensive care unit (ICU). Although dexmedetomidine is labeled for sedation in critically ill patients at doses up to 0.7 μg/kg/h, recent studies have used more liberal dosing regimens. However, to our knowledge, no study has assessed the clinical impact of doses greater than 0.7 μg/kg/h when compared to doses within the Food and Drug Administration-approved labeling.
OBJECTIVE: To compare the clinical efficacy and safety of high (HD) and low (LD) doses of dexmedetomidine for sedation in the ICU.
METHODS: This retrospective study included a sample of patients who received dexmedetomidine in medical, surgical, medical/surgical, and cardiothoracic ICUs between January 1, 2008, and December 1, 2009. Patients were included in the LD group if their maximum dose was less than 0.7 μg/kg/h or in the HD group if any dose was more than 0.7 μg/kg/h. Efficacy was determined by the percentage of Richmond Agitation and Sedation Scale (RASS) scores for each patient maintained at goal sedation (-1 to +1), and safety was determined by the incidence of hypotension and bradycardia.
RESULTS: Forty-three of 133 patients received HD dexmedetomidine. Patients in the LD group had a significantly higher percentage of RASS scores at goal (60.0% vs 48.6%; p = 0.03), while those in the HD group experienced a higher percentage of RASS scores classified as undersedated (19.2% vs 4.9%; p = 0.001). There was no significant difference in the incidence of hypotension or bradycardia between groups.
CONCLUSIONS: Patients treated with HD dexmedetomidine had fewer RASS scores at goal. Our data suggest that increasing the dose of dexmedetomidine may not enhance sedation efficacy or lead to an increased incidence of adverse effects. Patients who have not achieved goal sedation at doses of 0.7 μg/kg/h or less may not respond further to increased doses.
G Morgan Jones; Claire V Murphy; Anthony T Gerlach; Erin M Goodman; Lindsay J Pell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-06-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Annals of pharmacotherapy     Volume:  45     ISSN:  1542-6270     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Pharmacother     Publication Date:  2011 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-06-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9203131     Medline TA:  Ann Pharmacother     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  740-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
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