Case of the Month #3 - haemorrhage

Published 10/02/2022

1. Residual sedation

In order to make an accurate neurological assessment, the effects of sedative drugs need to be considered. This patient will have had a general anaesthetic for her procedure, which involves administration of sedative drugs at higher dose than typically used in ICU, and muscle relaxants to prevent movement during the endovascular coiling procedure. An appropriate period of time needs to elapse for these drugs to be metabolised before a sedation hold is carried out.