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Keywords

Agitation, Anxiety, Dexmedetomidine, Sedation

 

Authors

  1. Boyer, Jeanne RN, MSN, CCRN, ACNP

Abstract

Patients in the intensive care unit frequently experience delirium, anxiety, and agitation, with a variety of treatments used. This article discusses the role of an [alpha]-adrenoceptor agonist, dexmedetomidine, and its clinical relevance and advantages for the agitated patient.