What is the role of the RASS (Richmond Agitation Sedation Scale) and Riker SAS (Sedation Agitation Scale) scales in the assessment of delirium tremens (DTs)?

Updated: Nov 06, 2020
  • Author: Michael James Burns, MD, FACEP, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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The RASS (Richmond Agitation Sedation Scale) and Riker SAS (Sedation Agitation Scale) are agitation/sedation scales used in the ICU and appear to have similar efficacy in delirium assessment. [8] They have been recommended for use to monitor drug therapy in ICU patients with severe alcohol withdrawal syndrome but have not been validated in ICU patients for this indication.


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