Analgesia and Sedation in Critically Ill Patients With Burns

Author(s): Paige Weaver, PharmD, Rochelle Brual, PharmD, David Blair, PharmD, BCPS

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Pharmacology Hours 1.00

Expires May 25, 2025

Topics: MultiSystem

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Pain management in burn patients presents a major clinical challenge because of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic changes, considerations for medication selection, and lack of a standardized approach. Therefore, a tailored approach to analgesia and sedation is an integral component of the intensive care unit (ICU) stay in this patient population. Background, break-through, and procedural pain should be addressed when caring for these patients.


  • Discuss the pathophysiology of burn pain and deep tissue injury
  • Describe the changes in pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics in critically ill burn patients that alter absorption, distribution, metabolic
  • Compare the mechanism of action, dosing, and side effects for medications used for analgesia and sedation in critically ill burn patients

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