Pain and Delirium Guidelines

Tweet Pain and Delirium Guidelines 2013 To revise the “Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Sustained Use of Sedatives and Analgesics in the Critically Ill Adult” published in Critical Care Medicine in 2002. Assessment of pain The Behavioral Pain Scale (BPS) and the Critical-Care Pain Observation Tool (CPOT) are the most valid and reliable behavioral pain […]

Delirium in Critical Care

Tweet Delirium in Mechanically Ventilated Patients Ely et al. JAMA 2001 This is a study the aim of which was to validate the use of the CAM-ICU to assess for delirium in ICU patients. Delirium is a disturbance of consciousness characterised by an acute onset and fluctuating course of im-paired cognitive functioning so that a patient’s […]

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in Critical Care

Tweet What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is…….‘A mental health disorder triggered by witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event.’ ‘That the individual should have been exposed or witnessed to a traumatic event and responded with intense fear, helplessness or horror.’ (American Psychiatric Association.) The diagnostic criteria identify the trigger to post […]