What Is a Drug-Induced Coma?

In recent days, two people in the news -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and West Virginia coal miner Randal McCloy Jr. -- underwent medically induced comas to help them recover from serious life-threatening conditions. A drug-induced coma, better known as sedation in the medical field, is commonly used in medical, surgical and neurological intensive care units. It is also used when patients undergo major operations. The types of drugs that are used to produce such effects include...Full Story
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