Toward Solving the Sedation-Assessment Conundrum: Neurofunction Monitoring.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

The sedation-assessment conundrum is the struggle to balance the need for sedation against the need to awaken the patient and perform a neurologic examination. This article discusses the nuances of the sedation-assessment conundrum as well as approaches to resolve this and reduce the negative impact of abruptly stopping sedative infusions. Both oversedation and undersedation affect critically ill patients. This article discusses methods of assessing sedation and interpreting individualized patient responses to sedation. The use of neurofunction monitors and periods of sedation interruption are discussed within the context of addressing the sedation-assessment conundrum.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Olson, DM; Phillips, K; Graffagnino, C

Published Date

  • June 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 205 - 216

PubMed ID

  • 27215358

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-3481

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.cnc.2016.02.007


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States