Pain relief is used to help patients feel more comfortable. Pain relief is given into veins in measured doses by pumps. These are often used with sedatives.
Sedatives are used to keep a patient in a deep sleep or, in smaller doses, to keep a conscious patient calm. This can help patients cope with the tubes and equipment attached to them. These are also given through pumps.
Inotropes - drugs to help the heart work more effectively
To deal with the effects of the heart not functioning properly, we use a group of drugs called inotropes to help the heart work more effectively.