ICU Pain: Are you really doing the right thing by your patient?

Elisavet Papathanassoglou

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Lecture overview

The aim of this lecture is to enhance knowledge on the use of pain assessment tools in the ICU, and on the clinical significance of systematic pain assessment, and to promote understanding of how the neural circuitry of nociception perpetuates increased pain levels in critically ill patients. The majority of critically ill patients experience moderate to severe pain. Pain may also persist after ICU discharge and shift to chronic pain, and is also implicated in the post-intensive care syndrome. Despite guidelines, implementation and use of validated tools to assess pain in routine ICU practice appears to be inconsistent. 

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

  1. Understand the pathophysiology of ICU pain
    • neural circuitry of nociception (sensory & effective pathways)
    • diverse mediators elicited in pain
  2. Discuss the impact of pain on critical illness pathophysiology & recovery
  3. Briefly discuss 2018 PAD guidelines
  4. Discuss and compare pain assessment tools validated for adult critically ill patients

This lecture is equal to 1 CE Contact Hour and 1 CPD Hour


Duration 1 hour(s).

Lecture speaker

Elisavet Papathanassoglou

Dr. Papathanassoglou is an Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Canada. She is exploring the effects of non-pharmacological, integrative interventions and stress responses in critical care. She received her BSc from the University of Athens, Greece, her PhD from the University of Rochester, NY, USA, and post-doctoral training as a research fellow at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. She has over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Her work has received over 3,020 international citations (h-index: 29). She has delivered 64 invited lectures at international and national conferences and has presented another 230 papers at conferences. She is Ambassador of the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses (WFCCN) 2015-2020, WFCCN’s representative to the Global Sepsis Alliance Network and co-editor of CONNECT: The World of Critical Care Nursing, The official journal of WFCCN. She has 20 years of teaching experience as a faculty member.