Launching PAD: The New Guidelines and 10 Points for Compliance
Brenda T. Pun, RN, MSN, ACNP; Michele C. Balas, PhD, RN, CRNP, CCRN
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Learning Objectives

At 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.

Continuing Education Information

This test is FREE to both member and nonmember CE customers
CE ID: CE921-13
Total Contact Hours: 1.00
Pharma Hours: 0.0
Synergy Cat: A
Test Expires: 8/1/2017


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.

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Supported by an educational grant from Hospira, Inc.

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