How to assess pain in ICU patients,

    and guideline recommendations

    for ICU pain management



    Management of agitation in the ICU – including how to assess, guidelines and treatment options




    Addressing delirium is an important component of ICU care




    Downloadable materials, useful links and upcoming events

Welcome to the PAD Management Knowledge Centre

Many patients admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) require analgesia and sedation. This can promote patient comfort and safety ensuring their stay in the ICU is as comfortable as possible, while remaining capable of cooperation with therapy. 

However, both inadequate and excessive treatment can be problematic. Skill, experience and familiarity with assessment and treatment of pain, agitation and delirium can help avoid or minimise many of the potential problems experienced by ICU patients. 

This Knowledge Centre has been developed to provide the latest information on pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) management within the ICU including guidance on recommended assessment, prevention and treatment strategies for healthcare professionals (HCPs) treating patients in this setting.

The information in the Knowledge Centre has been independently reviewed for clinical accuracy by Dr Daniel Conway (March 2017). His biography is available here