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asked in category: General Last Updated: 6th June, 2020

What happens when a patient is sedated?

Depending on the procedure, the level of sedation may range from minimal (you'll feel drowsy but able to talk) to deep (you probably won't remember the procedure). Moderate or deep sedation may slow your breathing, and in some cases, you may be given oxygen. Analgesia may also contribute to drowsiness.

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Hereof, what does it mean when a patient is sedated?

Sedation is either the state of being relaxed or sleepy because of a drug, or the act of drugging someone with a sedative. Sedatives are drugs that people take to relax or fall asleep, and sedation has two related meanings. A nurse may put a patient under sedation if they can't sleep. Sedation is an act of drugging.

Beside above, why do doctors keep patients sedated? Critically ill patients are routinely provided analgesia and sedation to prevent pain and anxiety, permit invasive procedures, reduce stress and oxygen consumption, and improve synchrony with mechanical ventilation.

Beside this, can patients hear you when they are sedated?

Some patients need to be sedated for hours, days or even weeks. This will depend on how much sedation they have been given or any injury to their brain that they may have. If they can hear you, they are unable to speak if they have a breathing tube in their mouth.

How long can a patient stay sedated?

Patients experienced cognitive problems one year after discharge. Nearly 80% of patients who stay in the ICU for a prolonged period—often heavily sedated and ventilated—experience cognitive problems a year or more later, according to a new study in NEJM.

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