Report of a Symposium Presented at LIVES 2020
33rd Congress of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine
Vito Marco Ranieri (Bologna, Italy)
Why Do We Need Sedation in Critically-Ill COVID-19 Patients?
Salvatore Maurizio Maggiore (Chieti, Italy)
How Should We Manage Sedation in Critically-Ill COVID-19 Patients?
Boris Jung (Montpellier, France)
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc across the globe. Clinicians
worldwide have been battling the pandemic while managing criticallyill patients infected with the coronavirus. Critical cases of COVID-19
are characterised by respiratory failure, septic shock and multiple organ
dysfunction. Sedation of critically-ill patients is a complex intervention,
especially keeping in mind that COVID-19 is a new disease and determining
optimum levels of sedation through the course of the infection remains
challenging for clinicians.
This symposium discussed sedation in critically-ill COVID-19 patients and
provided an overview of the need for sedation, when to sedate and how
to manage sedation in these patients. The symposium concluded with a
Question and Answer session where experts answered important questions
regarding sedation and management of these patients.