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Table 1 National survey: sedative agents, analgesic agents, sedative/analgesic delivery regimens and their reported frequency of use

From: National survey and point prevalence study of sedation practice in UK critical care

  Reported frequency of use, n (%)
Very frequently/frequently Occasionally/rarely Never Not reported
Sedative agent
 Propofol 210 (98.1) 2 (0.9) 0 (0) 2 (0.9)
 Midazolam 69 (32.2) 130 (60.7) 11 (5.1) 4 (1.9)
 Diazepam 4 (1.9) 96 (44.9) 105 (49.1) 9 (4.2)
 Lorazepam 2 (0.9) 120 (56.1) 83 (38.8) 9 (4.2)
 Clonidine 70 (32.7) 129 (60.3) 8 (3.7) 7 (3.3)
 Dexmedetomidine 22 (10.3) 57 (26.6) 127 (59.3) 8 (3.7)
 Haloperidol 79 (36.9) 115 (53.7) 13 (6.1) 7 (3.3)
 Atypical anti-psychotica 15 (7.0) 94 (43.9) 89 (41.6) 16 (7.5)
 Other 26 (12.1) 12 (5.6) 176 (82.2)
Analgesic agent
 Morphine 90 (42.1) 114 (53.3) 6 (2.8) 4 (1.9)
 Fentanyl 77 (36.0) 89 (41.6) 41 (19.2) 7 (3.3)
 Alfentanil 110 (51.4) 53 (24.8) 46 (21.5) 5 (2.3)
 Remifentanil 72 (33.6) 106 (49.5) 32 (15.0) 4 (1.9)
 Ketamine 1 (0.5) 177 (82.7) 28 (13.1) 8 (3.7)
 Other 3 (1.4) 9 (4.2) 202 (94.4)
Sedative/analgesic delivery regimen
 Single sedative agent 47 (22.0) 142 (66.4) 4 (1.9) 21 (9.8)
 Sedative(s) in combination with one or more analgesic agents 207 (96.7) 4 (1.9) 0 (0) 3 (1.4)
 Multiple sedatives together 23 (10.8) 163 (76.2) 5 (2.3) 23 (10.7)
  1. a For sedative purposes only