Critically ill patients undergoing mechanical ventilation have traditionally been deeply sedated. In the latest decade growing evidence supports less sedation as being beneficial for the patients. A daily interruption of sedation has been shown to reduce the length of mechanical ventilation and the length of stay in the intensive care unit. Recently it has been shown that a strategy with no sedation of critically ill patients undergoing mechanical ventilation reduced the time patients received mechanical ventilation and reduced the length of both intensive care and hospital stay.
Ugeskrift for Laeger, 2012, Vol 174, Issue 7, p. 406-409