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Strategies for the management and prevention of withdrawal syndrome in critically ill pediatric patients: a systematic review

Rev Bras Ter Intensiva. 2022 Oct-Dec;34(4):507-518. doi: 10.5935/0103-507X.20220145-pt.


OBJECTIVE: To verify strategies for the prevention and treatment of abstinence syndrome in a pediatric intensive care unit.

METHODS: This is a systematic review in the PubMed database®, Lilacs, Embase, Web of Science, Cochrane, Cinahl, Cochrane Database Systematic Review and CENTRAL. A three-step search strategy was used for this review, and the protocol was approved in PROSPERO (CRD42021274670).

RESULTS: Twelve articles were included in the analysis. There was great heterogeneity among the studies included, especially regarding the therapeutic regimens used for sedation and analgesia. Midazolam doses ranged from 0.05mg/kg/hour to 0.3mg/kg/hour. Morphine also varied considerably, from 10mcg/kg/hour to 30mcg/kg/hour, between studies. Among the 12 selected studies, the most commonly used scale for the identification of withdrawal symptoms was the Sophia Observational Withdrawal Symptoms Scale. In three studies, there was a statistically significant difference in the prevention and management of the withdrawal syndrome due to the implementation of different protocols (p < 0.01 and p < 0.001).

CONCLUSION: There was great variation in the sedoanalgesia regimen used by the studies and the method of weaning and evaluation of withdrawal syndrome. More studies are needed to provide more robust evidence about the most appropriate treatment for the prevention and reduction of withdrawal signs and symptoms in critically ill children.


PMID:36888832 | DOI:10.5935/0103-507X.20220145-pt

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