Ramsay Sedation Scale

Ramsay Sedation Scale

1 Patient is anxious and agitated or restless, or both
2 Patient is co-operative, oriented, and tranquil
3 Patient responds to commands only
4 Patient exhibits brisk response to light glabellar tap or loud auditory stimulus
5 Patient exhibits a sluggish response to light glabellar tap or loud auditory stimulus
6 Patient exhibits no response
Source: Ramsay MA, Savege TM, Simpson BR, Goodwin R. Controlled sedation with alphaxolone-alphadalone. BMJ. 1974;2:656-659. PubMed

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Clinical practice guidelines for the sustained use of sedatives and analgesics in the critically ill adult. Am J Health Syst Pharm 2002 Jan 15;59(2):150-78.

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