The application of dexmedetomidine (precedex) in pediatric settings has increased due to its superior safety and efficacy profile and it has been specifically suggested as an adjunct to IV acetaminophen and a substitute for morphine in craniosynostosis repair. However, reports of its use in pediatrics, let alone in craniosynostosis repair, remain limited and to date there are no studies addressing its use after craniosynostosis repair in children. This study is an IRB-approved retrospective case review of the use of dexmedetomidine following pediatric craniosynostosis repair as a postoperative analgesic/sedative agent at one institution.
- critical care
- postoperative pain