Annals of Pharmacotherapy reports in a study of patients undergoing mechanical ventilation that 39% were given antipsychotic medication to prevent or treat delirium despite a lack of evidence to support its use. Monitoring for adverse side effects was infrequent. Results appeared online February 5, 2013.
Al-Qadheeb, N., O’Connor, H., White, A., Antipsychotic Prescribing Patterns, and the Factors and Outcomes Associated with Their Use, Among Patients Requiring Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation in the Long-Term Acute Care Hospital Setting. Annals of Pharmacotherapy. Online February 5, 2013