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Pain, Agitation and Delirium in Intensive Care




Intended Learning Outcomes

Pain, Agitation and Delirium in Intensive Care

  1. Define pain
  2. Know the approximate incidence of pain in ICU patients
  3. Understand the common causes of pain in ICU patients
  4. Be able to assess pain in cooperative and uncooperative patients in ICU
  5. Be able to manage patients pain in ICU according to current evidence
  6. Define agitation and sedation
  7. Describe indications for and risks associated with sedation
  8. Develop a structured approach to implementing, monitoring and adjusting sedation
  9. Describe the various drugs used for sedation
  10. Define delirium
  11. Assess and screen for delirium
  12. Understand the evidence base for treating/managing delirious patient


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Relevant Competencies from CoBaTrICE

Pain, Agitation and Delirium in Intensive Care

  • 4.1 Prescribes drugs and therapies safely
  • 7.1 Identifies and attempts to minimise the physical and psychosocial consequences of critical illness for patients and families
  • 7.2 Manages the assessment, prevention and treatment of pain and delirium and other distress
  • 7.3 Manages sedation and neuromuscular blockade
  • 11.6 Critically appraises and applies guidelines, protocols and care bundles
  • 11.7 Describes commonly used scoring systems for assessment of severity of illness, case mix and workload