Patient Predictors of Dexmedetomidine Effectiveness for Sedation in Intensive Care Units

Author(s): Pamela L. Smithburger, PharmD, BCPS, Randall B. Smith, PhD, Sandra L. Kane-Gill, PharmD, MSc, and Philip E. Empey, PharmD, PhD, BCPS

Contact Hours 0.50

CERP A 0.50

Pharmacology Hours 0.50

Expires Mar 01, 2017

Topics: MedicationManagement, Pharmacology

Population: Adult

Role: Staff, APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Dexmedetomidine, a selective a 2-adrenergic receptor agonist, is increasingly used as a sedative in intensive care despite variations in patients’ responses.


  • Compare the effectiveness/ineffectiveness of dexmedetomidine as sedation.
  • Describe a specific population of patients for which dexmedetomidine is effective as sedation.
  • Understand that the purpose of this study was to generate a hypothesis for further studies.

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