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Dexmedetomidine for Sedation in the Parturient With Respiratory Failure Requiring Noninvasive Ventilation

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Dexmedetomidine is a selective alpha-2 receptor agonist that possesses both sedative and analgesic properties, with minimal respiratory depression. We report the successful administration of dexmedetomidine on a 16-year-old primigravida woman that allowed the patient to tolerate application of bi-level positive airway pressure ventilation in treatment of acute hypoxemic respiratory failure.

Keywords: NIV; dexmedetomidine; noninvasive ventilation; pregnancy; respiratory distress

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4187/respcare.01733

Affiliations: Surgical ICU, Deartment of Anesthesia, Critical Care, and Pain Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Publication date: November 1, 2012

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