Patterns of Opiate, Benzodiazepine, and Antipsychotic Drug Dosing in Older Patients in a Medical Intensive Care Unit

Author(s): Margaret A. Pisani, MD, MPH, Kyle Bramley, MD, Michael T. Vest, DO, Kathleen M. Akgün, MD, Katy L.B. Araujo, MPH, and Terrence E. Murphy, PhD

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Pharmacology Hours 1.00

Expires Sep 01, 2017

Topics: Behavioral/Psychosocial, Pharmacology

Population: Geriatric

Role: APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Anecdotal observation suggests that older patients in medical intensive care units receive higher doses of psychoactive medications during evening shifts than day and night shifts.


  • Understand risk factors for delirium.
  • Identify proper medications used to treat delirium.
  • Evaluate patterns of sedation use in a medical intensive care unit.

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