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Learning Resources

I hope these are helpful

I have worked over the last few years to chat with others around the world about changes and developments in critical care. Feel free to feedback.

I am a very visual learner and find it much easier to learn from YouTube than anywhere else. So, inspired, I made some of my own!

I have had to understand many subjects over the years and as I have done so I have written my notes down on the website. Hope they help.

My name is Jonathan Downham and I am an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner in Warwick, UK.

I have worked in Critical Care for over 20 years now and have learned many things whilst there. This site has some of my teaching resources, podcasts and videos for anyone else to benefit from.

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Most Recent Podcasts

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CCP Podcast 127- Sedation Hold

My contacts at the American Association of Critical Care Nurses put me in touch with Jill Guttormson, the author of Nurses’ Attitudes and Practices Related to Sedation: A National Survey It seems we are still not great at doing the sedation hold and this is an attempt to find out why. Some interesting points raised I think.

CCP Podcast 126- Another way to assess patient outcomes?

Pressure Injuries at Intensive Care Unit Admission as a Prognostic Indicator of Patient Outcomes

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This is a chat with the lead author of this paper Dr William McGee.

"Pre-existing pressure injuries can serve as a predictive clinical marker for longer hospitalization and increased odds of mortality, especially when other data aren’t available, according to a study published in the June issue of Critical Care Nurse.

 The research team from Baystate Medical Center in Massachusetts found that pressure injuries that were present upon admission to the ICU could be used to quickly and objectively identify patients who may require additional care. The statistical analysis revealed that pressure injuries were associated with significantly longer hospital lengths of stay, regardless of mortality outcome. Among patients with pressure injuries at admission, mechanical ventilation and dialysis were more common, as was the overall severity of illness. Readmission to the ICU during the same hospitalization occurred more frequently for patients with pressure injuries."

CCP Podcast 125- A to Z Checklist with Dr Paul Hughes-Webb

Paul uses this A-Z checklist for every patient on the ward round. Here he takes us through it to add to our understanding of some of the issues we need to consider when assessing our patients. You can have the list for free as an aide memoir if you let me know your email below.

CCP Podcast 124- Pain, Agitation and Delirium in the ICU

In this episode Bryan discusses some of the issues with pain, agitation and delirium with the pharmacist Komal Pandya. 

We all try to understand how to help our patients and sometimes get it wrong, but lets continue to work hard to improve.

 Jakob SM, Ruokonen E, Grounds RM, et al. Dexmedetomidine vs midazolam or propofol for sedation during prolonged mechanical ventilation: two randomized controlled trials. Jama. 2012;307(11):1151-60.

Mehta S, Burry L, Cook D, et al. Daily sedation interruption in mechanically ventilated critically ill patients cared for with a sedation protocol: a randomized controlled trial. Jama. 2012;308(19):1985-92.

Pandharipande PP, Pun BT, Herr DL, et al. Effect of sedation with dexmedetomidine vs lorazepam on acute brain dysfunction in mechanically ventilated patients: the MENDS randomized controlled trial. Jama. 2007;298(22):2644-53.

Riker RR, Shehabi Y, Bokesch PM, et al. Dexmedetomidine vs midazolam for sedation of critically ill patients: a randomized trial. Jama. 2009;301(5):489-99.

Shehabi Y, Howe BD, Bellomo R, et al. Early Sedation with Dexmedetomidine in Critically Ill Patients. The New England journal of medicine. 2019;380(26):2506-17.

CCP Podcast 123- The 'PERFECT' Protocol- How we feed our patients

Sue Brierley Hobson is a dietitian in Wales and was part of a recent study looking into the efficacy of volume based feeding. We chat about this and the PERFECT protocol.

Safety and efficacy of volume-based feeding in critically ill, mechanically ventilated adults using the 'Protein & Energy Requirements Fed for Every Critically ill patient every Time' (PERFECT) protocol: a before-and-after study.

Guidelines for the management of tracheal intubation in critically ill adults

Having read the guidelines I made these infographics. They are FREE. Just click on the button below.

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