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Safety and Efficacy of Dexmedetomidine in Children With Heart Failure.
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PMID:  23052677     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
This retrospective observational study aimed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of dexmedetomidine (DEX) for children with heart failure. The study was conducted in the cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU) of a single, tertiary care, academic children's hospital. A retrospective review of the charts for all children (up to 18 years of age) with signs and symptoms consistent with congestive heart failure who received DEX in our CVICU between April 2006 and April 2011 was performed. The patients were divided into two groups for study purposes: the DEX group of 21 patients, who received a DEX infusion together with other conventional sedation agents, and the control group of 23 patients, who received conventional sedation agents without the use of DEX. To evaluate the safety of DEX, physiologic data were collected including heart rate, mean arterial pressure (MAP), and inotrope score. To assess the efficacy of DEX, the amount and duration of concomitant sedation and analgesic infusions in both the DEX and control groups were examined. The numbers of rescue boluses for each category before the initiation of sedative infusion and during the sedative infusion also were examined. The baseline characteristics of the patients in the two groups were similar. There was no effect of DEX infusion on heart rate, MAP, or inotrope score at the termination of infusion. The daily amount of midazolam administered was significantly less during the last 24 h of DEX infusion in the DEX group than in the control group (p = 0.04). The daily amount of morphine infusion did not differ between the DEX and control groups during any period. The numbers of sedation and analgesic rescue boluses were lower in DEX group throughout the infusion. No other significant side effects were noted. Two patients in the DEX group had a 50 % or greater drop in MAP compared with baseline in the first 3 h after initiation of DEX infusion, whereas one patient had a 50 % or greater drop in heart rate compared with baseline in the first 3 h after initiation of DEX infusion. Administration of DEX for children with heart failure appears to be safe but should be used cautiously. Furthermore, DEX use is associated with a decreased opiate and benzodiazepine requirement for children with heart failure.
Francis Lam; Chase Ransom; Jeffrey M Gossett; Aaron Kelkhoff; Paul M Seib; Michael L Schmitz; Janet C Bryant; Elizabeth A Frazier; Punkaj Gupta
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric cardiology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1432-1971     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Cardiol     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8003849     Medline TA:  Pediatr Cardiol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Medical Education, University of Arkansas Medical Center, Little Rock, AR, USA.
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