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Favorable Outcomes After Implementing a Nurse-Driven Sedation Protocol

Author(s): Samantha Green, DNP, RN, Beth A. Staffileno, PhD

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Dec 01, 2024

Topics: Medication Management, Pain Management

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

Continuous infusions of sedative and analgesic medications are used in the ICU to manage pain, agitation, and delirium or to allow for mechanical ventilation and other procedures. The SCCM PADIS guidelines recommend using the least amount of medication needed to achieve light sedation and suggest using an assessment-driven, protocol-based approach to manage pain and sedation in critically ill adults. This QI research project was completed to reduce exposure to sedative and analgesic medications by implementing a nurse-driven protocol.


  • List three impacts of sedation protocols on clinical outcomes in critically ill patients.
  • Outline two interventions of a nurse-driven sedation protocol.
  • Analyze the changes to medication usage from before to after protocol implementation.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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