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Mechanical Ventilation Medications

May 17th, 2010 by – Derek Brocklehurst

What drugs are used with mechanical ventilation?

Mechanical ventilation is a means of assisting patients with breathing, who might otherwise be struggling with breathing on their own. This could be due to any number of etiologies including pneumonia, hypoxia, hypercapnia, or pulmonary embolism. Drugs involved in initiating mechanical ventilation would normally include both conscious and unconscious sedatives, depending on the level of consciousness of the patient. Some of these sedatives include fentanyl, morphine, propofol, and ketamine. It is a good idea to keep atropine (anticholinergic) and epinephrine (neurotransmitter initiates the “fight-or-flight” response) around as well, should the patient’s condition destabilize and they go into cardiac arrest.

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