You are encouraged to read the following article, “Undone in the ICU,” which recently appeared in Vanderbilt Medicine, a magazine published by Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The article centers on efforts to better measure, understand and treat delirium in the intensive care unit (ICU). It also explores efforts to mitigate the long-term impact of delirium on ICU patients.
Discussed throughout is the work of Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) member E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH, FCCM, as co-chair of the ICU Liberation Initiative and as leader of Vanderbilt’s ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group. Both ABCDEF Bundle implementation and SCCM’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Management of Pain, Agitation, and Delirium in Adult Patients in the Intensive Care Unit are featured. So, too, is the ICU Liberation ABCDEF Bundle Improvement Collaborative, which involves 77 U.S. hospital ICUs committed to improving outcomes for patients and families by reliably implementing the bundle.
The ICU Liberation Initiative aims to engage clinicians in improving practice and patient outcomes related to pain, agitation, delirium, and early mobility.