• Br J Anaesth · Aug 2023

    Review Meta Analysis

    Effect of perioperative benzodiazepine use on intraoperative awareness and postoperative delirium: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials and observational studies.

    Perioperative benzodiazepine use is associated with decreased risk of intraoperative awareness but no increase in postoperative delirium unless compared with dexmedetomidine.

    • Eugene Wang, Emilie P Belley-Côté, Jack Young, Henry He, Haris Saud, Frederick D'Aragon, Kevin Um, Waleed Alhazzani, Joshua Piticaru, Matthew Hedden, Richard Whitlock, C David Mazer, Hessam H Kashani, Sarah Yang Zhang, Amanda Lucas, Nicholas Timmerman, Cameron Nishi, Davinder Jain, Aaron Kugler, Chris Beaver, Shelley Kloppenburg, Sam Schulman, Flavia K Borges, Morvarid Kavosh, Chihiro Wada, Sabrina Lin, Serena Sibilio, Mandy Lauw, Alexander Benz, Wojciech Szczeklik, Arastoo Mokhtari, Eric Jacobsohn, and Jessica Spence.
    • Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada.
    • Br J Anaesth. 2023 Aug 1; 131 (2): 302313302-313.

    BackgroundBenzodiazepine use is associated with delirium, and guidelines recommend avoiding them in older and critically ill patients. Their perioperative use remains common because of perceived benefits.MethodsWe searched CENTRAL, MEDLINE, CINAHL, PsycInfo, and Web of Science from inception to June 2021. Pairs of reviewers identified randomised controlled trials and prospective observational studies comparing perioperative use of benzodiazepines with other agents or placebo in patients undergoing surgery. Two reviewers independently abstracted data, which we combined using a random-effects model. Our primary outcomes were delirium, intraoperative awareness, and mortality.ResultsWe included 34 randomised controlled trials (n=4354) and nine observational studies (n=3309). Observational studies were considered separately. Perioperative benzodiazepines did not increase the risk of delirium (n=1352; risk ratio [RR] 1.43; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.9-2.27; I2=72%; P=0.13; very low-quality evidence). Use of benzodiazepines instead of dexmedetomidine did, however, increase the risk of delirium (five studies; n=429; RR 1.83; 95% CI: 1.24-2.72; I2=13%; P=0.002). Perioperative benzodiazepine use decreased the risk of intraoperative awareness (n=2245; RR 0.26; 95% CI: 0.12-0.58; I2=35%; P=0.001; very low-quality evidence). When considering non-events, perioperative benzodiazepine use increased the probability of not having intraoperative awareness (RR 1.07; 95% CI: 1.01-1.13; I2=98%; P=0.03; very low-quality evidence). Mortality was reported by one randomised controlled trial (n=800; RR 0.90; 95% CI: 0.20-3.1; P=0.80; very low quality).ConclusionsIn this systematic review and meta-analysis, perioperative benzodiazepine use did not increase postoperative delirium and decreased intraoperative awareness. Previously observed relationships of benzodiazepine use with delirium could be explained by comparisons with dexmedetomidine.Systematic Review ProtocolPROSPERO CRD42019128144.Copyright © 2022 British Journal of Anaesthesia. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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