Consensus for the management of analgesia, sedation and delirium in adults with COVID-19-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome.
Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva, January 2021
Donato, Manuel, Carini, Federico Carlos, Meschini, María Julia, Saubidet, Ignacio López, Goldberg, Adela, Sarubio, Marisol García, Olmos, Daniela, Reina, Rosa, Manuel Donato, Federico Carlos Carini, María Julia Meschini, Ignacio López Saubidet, Adela Goldberg, Marisol García Sarubio, Daniela Olmos, Rosa Reina
To propose agile strategies for a comprehensive approach to analgesia, sedation, delirium, early mobility and family engagement for patients with COVID-19-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome, considering the high risk of infection among health workers, the humanitarian treatment that we must provide to patients and the inclusion of patients' families, in a context lacking specific therapeutic strategies against the virus globally available to date and a potential lack of health resources. A nonsystematic review of the scientific evidence in the main bibliographic databases was carried out, together with national and international clinical experience and judgment. Finally, a consensus of recommendations was made among the members of the Committee for Analgesia, Sedation and Delirium of the Sociedad Argentina de Terapia Intensiva. Recommendations were agreed upon, and tools were developed to ensure a comprehensive approach to analgesia, sedation, delirium, early mobility and family engagement for adult patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome due to COVID-19. Given the new order generated in intensive therapies due to the advancing COVID-19 pandemic, we propose to not leave aside the usual good practices but to adapt them to the particular context generated. Our consensus is supported by scientific evidence and national and international experience and will be an attractive consultation tool in intensive therapies.
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