Routine use of sedatives before surgery has little benefit, study showsBMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1158 (Published 04 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1158
- Jacqui Wise
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 …