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Decreasing Unable-Toassess Ratings for the Confusion Assessment Method for the Intensive Care Unit

Author(s): Joshua T. Swan, PharmD, BCPS

Contact Hours: 1.00

CERP A: 1.00

Pharmacology Hours: 0.25

Expires Jan 01, 2018

Topics: BehavioralPsychosocial, Pharmacology

Population: Adult

Role: Staff, APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

The Confusion Assessment Method for the Intensive Care Unit (CAM-ICU) is a validated tool for diagnosing delirium in the ICU and yields 1 of 3 ratings: positive, negative, and unable to assess (UTA). It was hypothesized that an educational campaign focused on establishing patients’ arousal as comatose versus noncomatose before initiating the CAM-ICU would decrease the incidence of inappropriate UTA ratings.


  • Identify the benefits of delirium assessment.
  • Use the Confusion Assessment Method for the Intensive Care Unit (CAM-ICU) in identifying delirium
  • Understand the importance of assessing for coma prior to using CAM-ICU.

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