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Post-intubation analgesia/sedation regimens in ED: Pearls & Pitfalls

Intubation is an important intervention in the ED. We see a critical or impending airway problem and we secure the airway with intubation--very satisfying! Yet our job does not stop there. In addition to maintaining an appropriate ventilation strategy after intubation, it is crucial that we use appropriate post-intubation sedation and analgesia regimens for the continued care of these critical patients. This post will review sedation and analgesia regimens for different clinical scenarios after intubation, as well as some common pitfalls that we must be diligent to avoid.