Comparison of Dexmedetomidine versus Midazolam in weaning from mechanical ventilation and length of stay in ICU.


  • Afia Arshed Dodhy PGMI/LGH/Ameer Ud Din Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan.



Dexmedetomedine, Midazolam, Mechanical Ventilation, Sedation, Weaning


Objectives: To compare the role of dexmedetomidine versus midazolam as sedative in facilitating early mechanical ventilation weaning thereby decreasing ICU cost. Study Design: Randomized Controlled trial. Setting: Surgical ICU of Lahore General Hospital, Lahore. Period: December 2018 to July 2019. Material & Methods: Total of 60 adult postoperative patients (30 in each group) who required mechanical ventilation in the surgical ICU for minimum 24 hours postoperatively after major pelvi-abdominal operations were included. Patients of group “A” and “B” received midazolam infusion 20-100 mcg/kg/hr & dexmedetomidine infusion 0.2-0.7 μg/kg/hr respectively while being mechanically ventilated. The degree of sedation was measured by using the Richmond agitation sedation score (RASS) every 6 hourly. Extubation time (i.e. time from termination of drug to extubation) was recorded. The time of ICU length of stay was also recorded Results: Mean age of patients was 41.97 ±10.21 and 42.57±10.93 years in group-A and B, respectively. In group-A 18 patients (60%) and in group-B 16 patients (53.0%) were male while 12 patients (40%) in group-A and 14 patients (47.0%) were females. A significant decrease in extubation time was observed in Group-B when compared with the Group-A (p=0.046) along with odds ratio 0.938 while no significant relationship could be proved between length of stay at ICU between two groups. Stratification with regard to age, gender height, weight and type of surgery was carried out. Conclusion: Dexmedetomidine is more favourable than midazolam for sedation in intensive care patients by facilitating early exubation and decreasing the duration of invasive ventilation while no significant relationship could be proved in two groups between length of stay in intensive care unit.

Author Biography

Afia Arshed Dodhy, PGMI/LGH/Ameer Ud Din Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan.


Assistant Professor Anesthesia & ICU