A sedation protocol for preventing patient self-extubation

Dimens Crit Care Nurs. 1999 Mar-Apr;18(2):30-4. doi: 10.1097/00003465-199903000-00007.


Inadequate sedation management can place critically ill patients in danger of self-injury. This article describes the development and use of a protocol for managing sedation in intubated patients to prevent injury from self-extubation. Critical care nurses can use the protocol to effectively manage agitation in intubated patients and prevent self-extubation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms*
  • Clinical Protocols*
  • Conscious Sedation / methods*
  • Conscious Sedation / nursing*
  • Critical Care / methods*
  • Decision Trees
  • Drug Monitoring
  • Equipment Failure
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / adverse effects*
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / nursing*
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Assessment