Reducing sensory input in critically ill patients: are eyemasks a blind spot?
1 Departement of Intensive Care, Jeroen Bosch Ziekenhuis, 5200 ME, 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands
2 Departement of Intensive Care, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, 6500 HB, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Critical Care 2012, 16:439 doi:10.1186/cc11402
See related research by Van Rompaey et al., http://ccforum.com/content/16/3/R73Published: 16 July 2012
First paragraph (this article has no abstract)
We read with interest the article by Van Rompaey and colleagues  reporting that earplugs may be useful in the prevention of delirium in non-ventilated ICU patients. Unfortunately, they did not report any potentially negative effects of earplugs related to sensory deprivation - for example, restlessness, discomfort, or anxiety.