Category: Critical Care
Keywords: Mechanical Ventilation, Paralytics (PubMed Search)
Many, if not nearly all, of our intubated patients in the ED have altered mental status, a potential to clinically worsen, or a requirement for medications that would alter their respiratory status (e.g. propofol, opioids, paralytics). It is imperative to place these patients on appropriate ventilator modes to avoid apnea when their respiratory status changes.