Launching PAD: The New Guidelines and 10 Points for Compliance
Learning ObjectivesAt the completion of this program, you will be able to:
- Compare and contrast the practice recommendations presented in the 2013 PAD guidelines with those in the 2002 SCCM analgesia and sedation guidelines.
- Summarize at least three key points that critical care nurses should consider in the implementation of the PAD guidelines.
- Outline the properties of sedatives and analgesics used in mechanically ventilated patients.
- Describe the components of the ABCDE bundle and their relevance to optimal sedation management.
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In the decade following the 2002 publication of guidelines on the use of analgesics and sedatives in critically ill patients, many advances were made in the management of pain, agitation/sedation, and delirium. Revised guidelines, published in January 2013, carry the title Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Pain, Agitation, and Delirium [PAD] in Adult Patients in the Intensive Care Unit. These guidelines recommend approaches to patient care – focusing on the process and structure of patient management – and no longer include a treatment algorithm. Implementation of the PAD guidelines, which will affect the day-to-day care of critically ill patients for years to come, may be an arduous process.
Supported by an educational grant from Hospira, Inc.
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