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.
We have recently added an interview with Professor Jean-Louis Vincent discussing the importance of the eCASH concept in PAD management. Click here to view.
Explore methods of reducing pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) in ICU patients in order to improve clinical outcomes and long-term prognosis.
Learn about different methods available for the accurate assessment and management of pain to achieve patient well-being.
Explore the different tools available for the assessment and management of agitation to ensure patients are relaxed and comfortable.
Explore the tools available for the assessment, prevention and treatment of ICU delirium to counter patient's distress.
Explore the current clinical practice guidelines for the assessment and management of pain, agitation and delirium in adult ICU patients.
View information on upcoming congress and events in the fields of anaesthesiology and critical care such as ISICEM and EACTA.
View a series of video presentations from ESICM and ISICEM featuring talks on delirium, sedation and attaining patient comfort in the ICU.
View useful and relevant resources, such as downloadable materials and links to external sites and societies.
By radically focussing on patient comfort and quality of care, the eCASH concept takes PAD management to the next level.