If you work in critical care particularly intensive care and high-dependency care units then you know Delirium. Delirium is a disturbance in mentation that often results from surgical processes, underlying conditions, pain management and sedation among others. There are guidelines set out for management of this condition which are recommended for adults.
The 2018 clinical practice PADIS guidelines (Prevention and Management of Pain, Agitation/Sedation, Delirium, Immobility, and Sleep Disruption in Adult Patients in the ICU) are recommended by the society of critical care medicine for management of Delirium.
One of the highlighted sections of these guidelines is the recommended use of any validated tool for assessment of delirium rather than no tool. Secondly, is the importance of regular assessment of delirium. This is because upto 50% of ICU patients experience delirium, the adverse long and short term effects of delirium and eventual significnace of management and prevention of delirium.
Here is a powerpoint presentation on the PADIS guidelines and a link to other teaching subsections of the guidelines from SCCM for clinical management in critical care.
PADIS Guidelines Teaching Slides
- PADIS Guidelines Teaching Slides: Pain
- PADIS Guidelines Teaching Slides: Delirium
- PADIS Guidelines Teaching Slides: Sedation
- PADIS Guidelines Teaching Slides: Immobility
- PADIS Guidelines Teaching Slides: Sleep
Reference: Information courtesy of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.