Analgesia of the Critical Care Patient

Category: Emergency Club


Alessandra Mathis
European Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
RCVS Specialist in Anaesthesia

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About The Webinar

Critically ill patients often appear depressed and may be unstable from a cardiorespiratory point of view inducing the attending clinician to worry about analgesic drug administration. Will this tip the patients over the edge or make them even more obtunded?
Because sick patients can respond differently to analgesics drugs compared to healthy patients and because they are often receiving several drugs as boluses or CRIs, special care should be taken when administering analgesics.
After discussing all the considerations to keep in mind in critically ill patients, we will go through the most common drug interactions and finally, with the aid of clinical cases we will discuss analgesic drugs and their use in this category of patients. If analgesia is needed, this should not be withheld but administered with care.

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