Assessment, Management and Outcome of Pain in the ICU

A/Professor Christina Hayhurst

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Lecture overview

This talk will discuss the prevalence of pain in the critically ill population, risk factors for developing pain in the ICU, and validated ways to diagnose and measure it. It will cover the short and long-term outcomes of pain in the ICU and finally will go over recommendations for treatment and prevention.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this lecture, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Describe 3 validated tools for measuring pain in the critically ill population.
  2. Identify the most painful procedures commonly performed in the ICU.
  3. Describe some risk factors for pain in the ICU.
  4. Understand some of the long-term effects of chronic pain after critical illness.
  5. Prescribe a multi-modal treatment plan for a critically ill patient.

This lecture is equal to 1 CE Contact Hour, 1 CPD Point, and 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


Additional CME Info

Release Date: February 1, 2020, Termination Date: January 31, 2023

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: EB Medicine designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per lecture. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Commercial Support: This activity received no commercial support.

Earning Credit: In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, listen to the lecture, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Duration 1 hour(s).

Lecture speaker

Professor Christina Hayhurst

Dr. Christina Hayhurst is an assistant professor of anaesthesiology and critical care medicine at Vanderbilt University. She completed her anaesthesia residency at the University of Virginia and her critical care fellowship at Vanderbilt. She currently works as an intensivist in the cardiac and burn ICU’s at Vanderbilt, and is the critical care fellowship director.

Dr. Hayhurst’s research interests include opioid induced hyperalgesia, post-ICU pain syndrome, and motoric subtypes of delirium. She joined the Centre for Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction, & Survivorship (CIBS) in 2014.


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