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Pharmacist-Developed Sedation Protocol and Impact on Ventilator Days.
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PMID:  23204145     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background:Up to one-third of intensive care unit (ICU) patients require mechanical ventilation. Mechanical ventilation is associated with numerous complications including ventilator-induced lung injury and gastrointestinal bleeding due to ulcerations.(1) Sedation protocols are used in order to optimize treatment and decrease days spent on mechanical ventilation.Objective:The purpose of this trial is to evaluate the effectiveness of an ICU sedation protocol. The primary end point was days on mechanical ventilation.Design:A retrospective chart review was performed. The medical records of 21 patients treated prior to the protocol and 21 patients treated after protocol implementation were reviewed.Results:The duration of mechanical ventilation was decreased in the postprotocol patients compared to the preprotocol patients. The mean duration of mechanical ventilation in the preprotocol group was 6.39 ± 5.24 versus the postprotocol group which was 3.78 ± 3.21 days. After implementing the sedation protocol, the number of days to extubation was decreased by 2.61 days.Conclusion:The use of sedation protocols can decrease the days spent on mechanical ventilation. The results also illustrate the enormous impact pharmacists have on policy and protocol development.
Lindsay Hahn; Jennifer Beall; R Scott Turner; Thomas W Woolley; Martin Hahn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-2
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of pharmacy practice     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1531-1937     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pharm Pract     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-3     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8900945     Medline TA:  J Pharm Pract     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Belmont University College of Pharmacy, Nashville, TN, USA.
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