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Can patients under sedation in icu hear you when you talk to them

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Can patients under sedation in icu hear you when you talk to them?

mysticdoc :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

mysticdoc :

Hello,

mysticdoc :

Thanks for your question.

mysticdoc :

This depends on the level of sedation.

mysticdoc :

Patients under 'lighter' sedation can hear you talking.

mysticdoc :

They may respond by flickering their eye lids or pressing on the hand.

Customer:

he looks like hes dreaming, and seems to calm down when agitated if i speak to him and stroke his head. it is very scary to see though, and it would be reassuring if there was a way to know if he could hear me.

mysticdoc :

Yes, this is likely he can hear you and even understand you by his response.

mysticdoc :

Best wishes

mysticdoc :

and good luck with everything

Customer:

thanks very much. helps to think he can hear me.

mysticdoc :

Yes he can

mysticdoc :

Best wishes

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