‘Cooperative Sedation’: Optimizing Comfort while Maximizing Systemic and Neurological Function

  • H. E. Goodwin
  • J. J. LewinIII
  • M. A. Mirski
Part of the Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (AUICEM, volume 2012)


Common indications for sedation in the intensive care unit (ICU) include patient comfort, management of agitation, pain, ventilator dysynchrony, and intracranial hypertension. Current trends in ICU care, however, have shifted towards sedation strategies that provide the minimally effective amount of sedation, to improve patient autonomy and preserve both the neurological exam and neurocognitive function.


Bispectral Index Spontaneous Breathing Trial Mini Mental State Exam Sedation Scale Intensive Care Unit Care 
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  • H. E. Goodwin
  • J. J. LewinIII
  • M. A. Mirski

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