Less Sedation for ICU Patients Improves Recovery
Interview: Malaz Boustani, MD, associate professor of medicine, IU School of Medicine
There’s another change in health care policy going on inside the intensive care unit.
It used to be that ICU patients were heavily sedated and often immobilized during their healing process.
Now, the emphasis is shifting toward lighter sedation and getting the patient up and out of bed as soon as possible.
Malaz Boustani, MD, of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research, explains how sedation affects the brain and the rationale behind the new ICU protocols to Sound Medicine’s Dr. Steve Bogdewic.
It turns out that a stay in the ICU is directly linked to a patient's development of Alzheimer's disease, post-traumatic stress syndrome, sexual and vocal chord problems, and long-term disabilities and cognitive problems.
Dr. Malaz Boustani is associate professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine and a researcher at the Center for Aging Research.