Management of Pain, Agitation, and Delirium in the ICU


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Release Date : March 29 2018

Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Pain, Agitation, and Delirium in Adult Patients in the Intensive Care Unit

This guideline serves as an update to the 2002 document “Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Sustained Use of Sedatives and Analgesics in the Critically Ill Adult.” It is based on current knowledge learned since the 2002 publication including improvements in both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions and improved assessment of pain, agitation and delirium in the critically ill patient. This was developed by a multidisciplinary task force assembled by the American College of Critical Care Medicine to provide evidence-based, best practice recommendations for clinicians to best prevent and treat pain, agitation and delirium in the intensive care unit inclusive of literature on patient and clinical outcomes in the ICU.

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