Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology & Reanimation

Sedation Practices and Preferences of Turkish Intensive Care Physicians: A National Survey


Department of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation, İstanbul University-Cerrahpaşa, Cerrahpaşa School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey

Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim 2019; 47: 220-227
DOI: 10.5152/TJAR.2019.49799
Read: 641 Downloads: 439 Published: 17 September 2019

Objective: Sedation is one of the most common practices applied in the intensive care units (ICUs), and the management of sedation, analgesia and delirium is a quality measure in the ICUs. Several guidelines on sedation had been published, and many surveys investigated the practices of sedation in the ICUs, but knowledge on the sedation practices in Turkey is lacking. The aim of the present study was to provide baseline knowledge on the sedation practices and preferences of Turkish intensive care physicians and to establish some points to be improved.

Methods: An electronic survey form consisting of 34 questions was generated and posted to email addresses. The survey included questions about demographics and practices on sedation, analgesia, neuromuscular blockage and delirium.

Results: Of 1700 email addresses, 429 (25.0%) were returned. Sedation was practised by 98.0% of the respondents, and mechanical ventilation was indicated as the primary indication (94.0%) for sedation. The presence of a written sedation protocol was 37.0%. For drug choices for sedation, midazolam was the most preferred agent (90.0%). With regard to pain questions, the most commonly used evaluation tool was Visual Analogue Scale (69.0%), and the most preferred drug was tramadol. Nearly half of the participants routinely evaluated delirium and used the confusion assessment method in the ICU.

Conclusion: The results of this survey have indicated some areas to be improved, and a national guideline should be prepared taking pain, agitation and delirium in focus. ClinicalTrials.gov ID: NCT03488069.


Cite this article as: Ürkmez S, Erdoğan E, Utku T, Dikmen Y. Sedation Practices and Preferences of Turkish Intensive Care Physicians: A National Survey. Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim 2019; 47(3): 220-7.

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