Clonidine for neonates receiving mechanical ventilation

A new Cochrane Systematic Review looking at whether clonidine reduces mortality and the duration of mechanical ventilation in term and preterm newborn infants has found that “Clonidine did not reduce death, duration of mechanical ventilation, or duration of stay in the intensive care unit. Sedation and pain scale values were lower among newborns receiving clonidine”. The review concludes that ” Owing to the small number of newborns included in the single included trial, we are uncertain as to whether clonidine is effective or safe in providing analgesia and sedation for mechanically ventilated neonates.

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