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By Kelly McCutcheon Adams | Friday, Apr 08, 2016
It’s a truism that people go into health care because they want to help people. But medical progress sometimes means that what is right for your patients one day can turn out to cause harm the next. In the intensive care unit, providers use ventilation and sedation to save the lives of critically ill patients until they can breathe on their own. But ventilation — along with the sedation and immobility that go with it — can also have harrowing consequences if used for too long. I first got involv ... read full post


Tag(s): ICU/CCU - Intensive Care Unit/Critical Care Unit, Mobility in the Intensive Care Unit, Patient Safety
By Kelly McCutcheon Adams | Thursday, Aug 06, 2015
A new book on ICU liberation provides some practical guidance for frontline staff to help get ICU patients mobile and wean them off of sedation earlier. IHI Director Kelly McCutcheon Adams, who co-authored a chapter in the book based on IHI’s work in this area, briefly describes the book’s contents.It was a delight, albeit a daunting one, to receive an invitation to write a chapter for the new Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) book, ICU Liberation The Power of Pain Control, Minimal Sedati ... read full post


Tag(s): Mobility in the Intensive Care Unit, Delirium (Acute), ICU/CCU - Intensive Care Unit/Critical Care Unit
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