Continuous Intravenous Lidocaine Infusion: Effective Analgesic Choice in a Complex Critically Ill PatientPatricia Duque* and Patricia Piñeiro
Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañon, Spain
- *Corresponding Author:
- Patricia Duque
Hospital General Universitario
Gregorio Marañon, Spain
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: April 20, 2017 Accepted Date: May 22, 2017 Published Date: May 27, 2017
Citation: Duque P, Piñeiro P (2017) Continuous Intravenous Lidocaine Infusion: Effective Analgesic Choice in a Complex Critically Ill Patient. J Clin Case Rep 7: 959. doi: 10.4172/2165-7920.1000959
Copyright: © 2017 Duque P, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The need to manage acute pain in older patients is becoming increasingly frequent in postoperative intensive care units. Older population is extremely sensitive to opioid adverse effects. Therefore, intravenous infusion of lidocaine might be a useful tool in this scenario. We present the case of an ICU older patient after urgent abdominal surgery. Pain management with opioid therapy was extremely complex with serious adverse effects. Intravenous lidocaine infusion not only proved to be effective but also allowed an enhanced postoperative recovery.