Daily Care: Sedation:

Being on ECMO in and of itself does not require patients to be heavily sedated.

  • In certain cases, sedation may be necessary to prevent the patient from moving and the cannula kinking.
  • Just like other ICU patients, ECMO patients need to be rehabilitated and benefit from mobilization and physiotherapy.
  • The same sedation principles apply: ECMO patients should receive enough sedation to keep them pain-free and comfortable.
  • Drug pharmacokinetics can be altered on ECMO, see the Drugs and ECMO section for further details.

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