Drug Shortage Alert: Alternative Medications for Procedural Sedation

The Society of Critical Care Medicine’s Drug Shortages Task Force has developed a guideline that can be referred to for options if a drug shortage arises that affects commonly used medications for procedural sedation.

The alert, Alternative Medications for Procedural Sedation, includes pertinent information that can help guide critical care practitioners. The characteristics of an ideal drug for procedural sedation are listed. Risks associated with administering alternative medications are also provided.

Visit www.sccm.org/currentissues to access all Drug Shortage Alerts, including those addressing:

  • Electrolyte Medication Shortages
  • Intravenous Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Web Resources
  • Intravenous Loop Diuretics
  • General Considerations
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