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Routine use of sedatives before surgery has little benefit, study shows

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1158 (Published 04 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1158
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Routinely giving a sedative before elective surgery under general anaesthetic does not improve the patient’s experience and is associated with a longer extubation time and a lower rate of early cognitive recovery, a randomised controlled trial has found.

The study, reported in JAMA,1 included 1062 adult patients who had various elective surgeries scheduled at five French teaching hospitals. They were randomly assigned to …

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