Intensive Care

Intensive Care

Changes in intensive care: Research suggests traditional practices of keeping patients sedated and immobilized can lead to cognitive problems years later. Efforts to improve recovery prospects after a stay in the I-C-U.

For doctors and nurses caring for patients in intensive care, the number one concern is the patient’s survival. Pain killers, sedatives, and bed rest are standard procedure, but in recent years, a second objective has been added: to improve the patient’s longer term quality of life. Recent studies have shown that prolonged sedation, for example, can lead to reduced brain function years later and immobilization is associated with slower recoveries overall. Join us to discuss how changes in intensive care procedures can improve patients lives later.

Guests

Dr Dale Needham

associate professor of medicine, Johns Hopkins University

Dr Tim Girard

assistant professor, of Medicine in the Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine and the Center for Health Services Research at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Donna Stanczac

nurse, intensive care, Georgetown University Hospital

Dr. Jennifer Brandt

clinical pharmacist, Washington Hospital Center

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