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Blanket Bolus: The Use of Weighted Blankets in the Intensive Care Unit

Author(s): Elizabeth Mover, Clara Shim

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Nov 15, 2026

Topics: Pulmonary

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

Mechanically ventilated patients require sedating medications and can become agitated during the waking process, which may ultimately lead to increased sedation. Increased sedation leads to prolonged mechanical ventilation and length of stay. This session examines the challenges in managing patients who require ventilation, analyze a change project which used weighted blankets in an adult intensive care unit and how a change project led to innovation of an improved medical-grade weighted blanket.


  • Analyze the challenges in recognizing and managing agitation in adult patients requiring mechanical ventilation.
  • Evaluate the effects of weighted blankets and appropriate patient populations.
  • Discuss components of our project, share how to enable participants to apply in their units, and describe how it has led to innovation.

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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.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.00 contact hours.

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