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Update on the Management and Monitoring of Deep Analgesia and Sedation in the Intensive Care Unit

Author(s): Gina Pettineo Riggi, PharmD; Maresa Glass, PharmD, BCPS

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Pharmacology Hours 1.00

Expires Apr 01, 2017

Topics: Pharmacology, PainManagement

Population: Adult

Role: APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Health care practitioners must provide effective sedation and analgesia management for patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). These patients require adequate sedation and analgesia because many factors in the ICU can cause them to experience stress, anxiety, and pain, including underlying medical conditions, acute medical or surgical illness, invasive interventions, and environmental influences. Practitioners can mitigate these factors with appropriate sedation and analgesia therapy.


  • Identify potential pharmacological agents for stress, anxiety, and pain in the adult intensive care unit (ICU) population.
  • Describe objective assessment and monitoring recommendations for sedation and analgesia.
  • Discuss pharmacodynamics, as well as advantages and disadvantages of various agents used in the adult ICU for the initiation and maintenance of sedation and analgesia.

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Successful Completion

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