There was a very sad article in the NYTimes about the regular practice in some long-term care facilities of treating demented patients with anti-psychotic medications like Risperdal, Seroquel and Zyprexa: The use of antipsychotic drugs to tamp down the agitation, combative behavior and outbursts of dementia patients has soared, especially in the elderly.
Sedation is the reduction of irritability or agitation by administration of sedative drugs, generally to facilitate a medical procedure or diagnostic procedure.
Examples of drugs which can be used for sedation include propofol, etomidate, ketamine, fentanyl, lorazepam and midazolam.
Often we can completely diffuse the situation without even needing to talk the cat down.
While cases like this are stressful for these fearful cats, they can cause just as much anxiety in experienced hospital staff as well as clients and other patients exposed to the sound of the loud struggles that ensue.
Individual patient response to medications can vary; therefore, the clinician can potentially overshoot the desired level of anesthesia.