Prospective Validation of Sedation Scale Scores that Identify Light Sedation: A Pilot Study

Author(s): Caitlin Brown, PharmD, Pasquale Joseph Marotta, DO, Richard R. Riker, MD, Ashley D. Eldridge, RN, CCRN, Gilles L. Fraser, PharmD, and Teresa L. May, DO

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires May 01, 2025

Topics: Delirium

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Intensive care unit (ICU) sedation guidelines recommend targeting a light sedation level, but light sedation has no accepted definition, and inconsistent levels have been proposed. The level of sedation most associated with the ability to follow commands appears higher than previously recommended. Further study is needed regarding ICU patients’ ability to follow commands and assessment of delirium, pain, and patient preferences.


  • Describe the potential differences in how a patient may respond to commands at a RASS of -3 or a RASS of -1 as sedation is reduced.
  • Prioritize the recognition of a patient's ability to follow 3 out of 4 commands during a sedation reduction maneuver.
  • Utilize the evidence suggested in clinical guideline recommendations to assess light sedation.

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