However, the patient developed progressive hypotension (blood pressure 86/40) despite transfusion and was admitted to the CTICU for further management.
On admission to the CTICU, the patient was noted to be lethargic and tachypnoeic with laboured breathing.
After 28 days in CTICU, the tracheostomy tube was removed and the patient was discharged to the general ward.
* patient's chest incision was closed on admission to the CTICU and remained closed during the CTICU stay;
* patient was not paralyzed with neuromuscular blockers during the CTICU stay; and
Information regarding what analgesics and sedatives were ordered and administered to the retrospective and prospective subjects were also documented on the PMAT for the first 5 days of CTICU stay or until transfer from the CTICU (if earlier).