Optimising Sedation in Critical Care Patients

Professor Leanne Aitken

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Lecture overview

In this talk, we will explore why sedation in ICU patients is important, what the links are to outcomes and the challenges of optimising sedation. We will then discuss the different strategies that have been used to optimise sedation practice and the evidence of the effectiveness of each of these strategies. This discussion will enable you to develop ideas of how you might lead change in sedation practice in your own ICU. 

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

  1. Describe why the sedation of ICU patients is important.
  2. Discuss the challenges of optimising sedation practice in ICU. 
  3. Discuss strategies to optimise sedation practice in ICU.
  4. Explore ways that you might lead to change in sedation practice in your ICU. 

This lecture is equal to 1 CE Contact Hour, 1 CPD Hour, 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 Leanne Aitken

Professor Leanne Aitken is Professor of Critical Care at City, University of London. In this role she is responsible for leading research and scholarship in acute and critical care nursing, as well as implementing her own programme of research that focuses on recovery after critical illness and injury, and a range of clinical practice issues within critical care. Other responsibilities include teaching, supervision of research students, and leadership of new developments within the discipline of nursing at City, University of London. 

Professor Aitken holds a visiting appointment with Griffith University in Australia, and is an Ambassador for the World Federation of Critical Care Nurses. She is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Nursing and the Australian College of Nursing, as well as a Life Member and Fellow of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses. Professor Aitken is also a Fulbright Alumnus after receiving a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to undertake research examining recovery after trauma at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. 

Professor Aitken has published more than 120 original publications in peer-reviewed journals and edited the textbook: Critical Care Nursing.


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