Analgesia and Sedation in the Prehospital Setting: A Critical Care Viewpoint

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DesRosiers TT, Anderson JL, Adams B, Carver RA 22(2). 48 - 54 (Journal Article)

Pain is one of the most common complaints of battlefield casualties, and unique considerations apply in the tactical environment when managing the pain of wounded service members. The resource constraints commonly experienced in an operational setting, plus the likelihood of prolonged casualty care by medics or corpsmen on future battlefields, necessitates a review of analgesia and sedation in the prehospital setting. Four clinical scenarios highlight the spectrum of analgesia and sedation that may be necessary in this prehospital and/or austere environment.

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