Researchers at the University of Buffalo recently found that veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder who were being treated with mechanical ventilation in intensive care units required greater amounts of sedatives than other veteran patients. Researchers analyzed data from 1,569 patients, collected between 2003 and 2013, in New York’s Veterans Health Administration System.
The study found that veteran patients with post-traumatic stress needed more than half a day of additional sedation with benzodiazepines, three-quarters of a day more treatment with opiates, and a higher average daily dose of propofol than other veterans.
"More than 10 percent of our VA ICU patients suffer from PTSD," said Dr. Jad Kebbe, a researcher at the University of Buffalo, reports UPI. “Their ICU care should incorporate proper awareness of their PTSD, with particular attention to their sedation regimen."
The study focused on 160 patients, 87 of whom had post-traumatic stress disorder.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.