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​Many ICU patients require sedation, mechanical ventilation, and other life-saving interventions that can lead to complications.


Oversedation, immobility, and delirium are a triple threat – separate yet reinforcing complications that can lead to long-term patient harm. They are also strong predictors of length of stay, increased morbidity and mortality, long-term cognitive impairment, and high cost of care.

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Source: Clemmer, T. 2011.
As participants of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI’s) March 2011 live visit to Intermountain Health System saw first-hand, proactive methods that can help to minimize or avoid these harmful complications can be put into practice. Successfully reducing oversedation and delirium can be accomplished via monitoring for unsafe use of sedative medication, thus decreasing time on mechanical ventilators and increasing opportunities for patient mobility.
Based on the success of and overwhelming response to previous offerings of this program, IHI faculty will again offer this more in-depth instruction on new cutting-edge ICU practices on November 5-6, 2013 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Through interactive workshops, case videos, and visual demonstrations, this seminar will teach participants how closer monitoring of patient sedation, immobility, and delirium — along with timely modifications in medication and care management — can lead to better physical and cognitive function at discharge, helping to reduce the chance of readmission. 
Participants in this program will learn how to implement best practices that will help ICU staff reprioritize reducing long-term patient harm and affecting positive culture change. Attendees will benefit from a collaborative learning approach and return to their home organization able to execute practical screening tools and lead department-wide initiatives that will reduce patient harm and positively impact their organization’s bottom line.

​What You'll Learn

During this program, you will learn:
  • Methods to monitor for delirium, agitation, confusion, and sleep using the CAM-ICU and ABCDE technique
  • How to reduce patient time in a delirious state and identify patients at high risk for acute brain injury
  • New techniques to increase patient mobility earlier in the care process
  • Proven practices for reducing sedative overuse
  • Reliable design to reduce patient time on ventilators in the ICU
  • Policies that increase patient safety and engage the entire critical care team