ABCDEF is a standard bundle of ICU measures that includes spontaneous Assess for and manage pain, Both Spontaneous Awakening Trials (SAT) & Spontaneous Breathing Trials (SBT), attention to the Choice of sedation and analgesia, Delirium monitoring and management, Early mobility, and Family engagement. All individual components of this bundle are evidence based and can help standardize communication, improve interdisciplinary patient care, reduce mortality, and improve long-term cognitive and functional outcomes. This bundle helps to keep patients and families as the center and focus of care.
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Delirium in the News
2017Why a stay in the ICU can leave patients worse off
PBS NewshourNashville VA receives top honors for ICU care
Fox News NashvilleWith Fewer Meds, More Movement, Parkland Hospital Fights ‘Delirium’ Among ICU Patients
KERA NewsThese People Left The ICU With A Terrifying New Problem; What You Need To Know About PICS
PreventionDelirium May Speed Up Cognitive Decline in Dementia
2016'ICU delirium' is terrifying — and incredibly common
The WeekHospitals struggle to address terrifying and long-lasting ‘ICU delirium’
Die Welt (German)Patients at High Risk for Psychiatric Symptoms After a Stay in the ICU
DG NewsMore Common and More Harmful Than Once Believed, Delirium Takes Center Stage
Science of Caring - University of California San Francisco10% of ICU Patients At Risk of Developing PTSD
2015Veterans, Civilian Patients at Risk of ICU-related PTSD up to a Year Post Discharge
Science DailyICU Recovery Center helps ease burden of critical illness
Vanderbilt University Medical Center ReporterDr. Wes Ely reads story about an ICU patient that was initially published in the Wall Street Journal
Our American Network (radio)The Perils of Delirium
The Washington PostMore News
what is Delirium?
Delirium is basically inattention and confusion that represents the brain temporarily failing. A person who is delirious is unable to think clearly and can’t make sense of what is going on around him.
Delirium increases the risk of longer stays in the hospital, higher cost of care, death, and more long-term cognitive impairment up to one year later.More Info for Medical Professionals More Info for Patients and Families