Title

Risk for Agitation in Sedated Intensive Care Unit Patients Increases with Prolonged Psychoactive Drug Use Prior to Admission

Presenter Information

Kalissa BittnerFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Biology

Minor

Chemistry

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Dr. Weinberger

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Routine standard of care of critically ill patients in the intensive care unit involves sedation. Sedation allows the patients to tolerate procedures and artificial ventilation support as well as reduces anxiety and stress. This allows the necessary care to proceed in order for healing to occur. Agitation in the ICU can lead to negative outcomes, prolong time spent hospitalized and in recovery, and alter diagnoses and further medical treatment. Chronic substance abuse may pose an increased risk for agitation during sedation in the ICU. Commonly abused substances will be examined to determine their effect on the individual and if misuse of the substance causes an increase of agitation during sedation. The results will allow alternatives to current, regular practices to be explored to improve patient care in these individuals.

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Risk for Agitation in Sedated Intensive Care Unit Patients Increases with Prolonged Psychoactive Drug Use Prior to Admission

Routine standard of care of critically ill patients in the intensive care unit involves sedation. Sedation allows the patients to tolerate procedures and artificial ventilation support as well as reduces anxiety and stress. This allows the necessary care to proceed in order for healing to occur. Agitation in the ICU can lead to negative outcomes, prolong time spent hospitalized and in recovery, and alter diagnoses and further medical treatment. Chronic substance abuse may pose an increased risk for agitation during sedation in the ICU. Commonly abused substances will be examined to determine their effect on the individual and if misuse of the substance causes an increase of agitation during sedation. The results will allow alternatives to current, regular practices to be explored to improve patient care in these individuals.