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Being on a ventilator can be a disturbing experience, causing many patients to show signs of agitation.2 When that’s the case, clinicians often turn to sedation.2 But depending on the cause, sedation might not be necessary.

A key to avoiding unnecessary sedation and its clinical consequences is to understand the causes of agitation and the published guidelines for responding to each.2 You will find information about these topics on this site, along with downloadable resources designed to help you promote better sedation management in the ICU.