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Riker Sedation-Agitation Scale (SAS)

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The Riker Sedation-Agitation Scale (SAS) was the first scale tested and developed for the ICU. The SAS identifies seven levels of sedation and agitation, which range from dangerous agitation to deep sedation, with a thorough description of patient behavior. This scale allows the clinician to distinguish easily between each level.

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