ICU Delirium: Pathophysiology, Assessment, and Management

ICU Delirium in the ICU

The lecture duration is 58min.

1 CPD Point, 1 CEU, 1 CME credit approval pending.
Accredited by CPDUK, CBRN and Provider Pending.

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Elisabeth Papathanassoglou
Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Canada
Lecture Summary

This talk will highlight current advances in the pathophysiology of ICU delirium, including neuroinflammation, oxidative stress, and dysregulation of circadian rhythms and HPA axis. Key pathophysiological mechanisms will be linked with current evidence-based recommendations for the assessment, prevention and treatment of ICU delirium, with emphasis on evidence on non-pharmacologic interventions. Data on epidemiology and approaches to improve long-term outcomes will be presented, and gaps in the literature and practice implications will be discussed.

Target Audience

Critical Care Nurses
Trainee Critical Care Doctors

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Describe the risk factors of ICU delirium
  • Identify key pathophysiological mechanisms implicated in ICU delirium
  • Identify and compare ICU delirium assessment tools
  • Discuss the long-term outcomes of ICU delirium
  • Describe evidence-based approaches to the prevention of ICU delirium