Journal Article

Effect of a sedation weaning protocol on safety and medication use among hospitalized children post critical illness

Solodiuk JC, Greco CD, O'Donnell KA, Morrill DR, Curley MAQ. Effect of a sedation weaning protocol on safety and medication use among hospitalized children post critical illness. J Pediatr Nurs. Aug 27, 2019;49:18-23. 

Improvement strategies are important for systems to implement in order to improve medication safety in children.  This study found that a post-PICU sedation weaning guideline can reduce the number of children discharged on medications such as opioids, benzodiazepines, and methadone without increasing the incidence of severe withdrawal symptoms or length of stay. 

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