Dexmedetomidine infusion for sedation during fiberoptic intubation: a report of three cases.
We report three patients undergoing cervical spine surgery who required awake fiberoptic intubation, and in whom sedation was provided using a dexmedetomidine infusion. Dexmedetomidine was used to provide a moderate level of sedation without causing respiratory distress or hemodynamic instability during fiberoptic intubation. Conditions for intubation were acceptable in all three patients after co-administration of topical anesthesia. Dexmedetomidine may serve as a useful adjunct for this procedure. The anesthetic management and anesthetic implications of using dexmedetomidine infusions for awake fiberoptic intubation are discussed.
Grant, SA; Breslin, DS; MacLeod, DB; Gleason, D; Martin, G
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