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Sedating psychiatric cataract patients

Would you recommend administering mild sedation lasting, say, 8 to 12 hours to psychiatric patients undergoing cataract surgery? The aim would be enabling them to leave the eye-patch during the first few hours of healing. Or, what other alternatives are available to ensure undisturbed healing?

Started by: Travis Ashburn (Other) at November 14, 2012 (2:55 am)

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You risk further confusion/disorientation with sedation. The key to safe out patient surgery is the patient and post op "care-giver" must be able to deliver proper post op care at home. The caregiver needs to be able to help the patient keep shield on. Also agree that surgeon should use surgical methods to minimize risks should patient remove shield.

Carrie F. (Anesthesiologist/Nurse Anesthetist) at November 15, 2012 (2:19 pm)

You risk further confusion/disorientation with sedation. The key to safe out patient surgery is the patient and post op "care-giver" must be able to deliver proper post op care at home. The caregiver needs to be able to help the patient keep shield on. Also agree that surgeon should use surgical methods to minimize risks should patient remove shield.

Carrie F. (Anesthesiologist/Nurse Anesthetist) at November 15, 2012 (2:14 pm)

It would recommend that the surgeon close the incision with sutures on a psychiatric patient.

Imelda Kelly (Administrator/Director/Manager/Owner/Exec. Officer) at November 15, 2012 (1:06 pm)

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