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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Benzodiazepines and narcotics in Withdrawal of treatment

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15249473
CONCLUSIONS: We found no evidence that the use of narcotics or benzodiazepines to treat discomfort after the withdrawal of life support hastens death in critically ill patients at our center. Clinicians should strive to control patient symptoms in this setting and should document the rationale for escalating drug doses.