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Oversedation in ICU

Using ABCDE Bundle to Tackle Oversedation

Glenn Siy

on 29 July 2013

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A B C D E Bundle
Delirium is an acute disturbance of consciousness with inattention accompanied by a change in cognition or perceptual distubance that may linger or fluctuate in time.
History: We have quite a few patients who were delirious after they have been extubated. The goal of this EBP project is to understand these patients and address the underlying cause to prevent it from reoccurring?

EBP= the searched for evidence based practices lead as to ABCDE bundle
Sedative and analgesic drugs (Problem of Oversedation leading to prolonged mechanical ventilation)
Delirium in ICU Patients
Spontaneous Awakening Trial
Spontaneous Breathing Trial
Choice of Sedation
Delirium Monitoring and Management
Early Progressive Mobility
ABCDE Bundle
Establish an ICU where all patients undergoing mechanical ventilation are alert, calm, and delirium free.
A facility wherein nonverbal patients can effectively express their need for better pain control, repositioning, or psychosocial support.

Nurses titrate drips according to hemodynamic parameters such as HR, BP. But it seems to be okay to max out with sedation drips without worrying on the negative effects of oversedation to the brain!
We have gone a long way

science and technology in saving lives
A bridge towards a better bedside care
Respiratory-therapist-driven weaning protocol that included SBTs significantly shortened time to extubation compared with physician-driven weaning.
Reference: Ely et. al. (1996)
SBT strategy was associated with reduced time to successful weaning off mechanical ventilator.
(Hooper & Girard, 2009)
Sedation interruption in mechanically ventilated patients led to a shorter duration of mechanical ventilation and ICU stay, as well as a reduction in the number of diagnostic imaging tests for altered mental status (Kress, Pohlman, O'Connor, & Hall, 2000)
Protocol-driven sedation during mechanical ventilation reduced the duration of mechanical ventilation, decreased ICU and hospital lengths of stay, shortened the duration of continuous infusion of sedatives, and lowered tracheostomy rates of patients compared with patients treated with non-protocol-directed sedation (Brook, et al., 1999)
Note the verbal stimulation
Detection is the key!
Evidence have shown that without a tool, clinicians oftentimes miss delirium cases in critically ill patients. (Devlin, et al., 2007)
A mobilization and an early exercise intervention in ICU patients reduce the incidence and shorter duration of ICU delirium (Schweickert, et al., 2009)
For now, we'll limit it to passive range of motion and sitting position.
Delirium Management will be handled by Doctors. Nurses will focus on delirium detection first.
Preliminary Workflow
"Feeling of persecution"

"nurses were trying to kill me for the knowledge that I have"

"ICU was like a torture chamber for me"

"I was ashamed to think like that considering I owed my life to them"
Prof. Nancy Andrews
It is a multicomponent, multidisciplinary, interdependent tool that aligns and supports the people, processes, and technology and designed to:
- improve clinical team collaboration
- Standardize care processes
- Break the cycle of oversedation and prolonged ventilation
Positive Patient Outcomes:
This year's Goals are...
Paired SAT/SBT
- Passive range of motion
- Sitting position
- Decrease length of hospital stay
- Decrease ICU length of stay
- Decrease tracheostomy cases
- Discharges directly to home
- Decrease days on mechanical ventilator
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Girard, T. D., Jackson, J. C., Pandharipande, P. P., Pun, B. T., Thompson, J. L., Shintani, A. K., ...Ely, E. W. (2010). Delirium as a predictor of long-term cognitive impairment in survivors of critical illness. Critical Care Medicine, 38(7), 1513-1520.

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Hooper, M. H., & Girard, T. D. (2009). Sedation and weaning from mechanical ventilation: linking spontaneous awakening trials and spontaneous breathing trials to improve patient outcomes. Critical Care Clinics, 25(3), 515-525.

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Patients who received daily interruption of their continuous sedative-analgesic infusion did not experience adverse psychological outcomes and were less likely to have symptoms of PTSD than those who received conventional management.

Kress et.al, Am J Res Crit Care Med. 2003; 168(12):1457

- Oversedation in the ICU is common; associated with negative outcomes.
- Analgosedation has been shown to improve outcomes; consider sedation only if necessary (A-1)
- Use the ABCDE protocol to eliminate oversedation
- Titrate all sedative medications using proper RASS scoring to keep patients comfortable and arousable if possible
- Use of benzodiazepines should be minimized (benzosparing sedation)
- The workflow involves paired SAT/SBT every shift.


Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Fellow: Glennard Siy
Clinical Consultants:
Dr. Maqbool Ahmed, Beth Gladney, Amy Ziegler, Becky Prenton

Opinion Leaders:
Kalsang Dorji, Michaela Davis, Maureen Allain, Minette Rillon, Elisa Jang

Change Champion:
Kalsang Dorji, Michaela Davis, Carol Brower, Maureen Allain, Steve Lowe

Core Group:
Doug Dado, Arlene Cabanero, Raquel Aguirre
Lourdes Balomadres, Ivan Dasig, Catherine Gorry, Susan Latka
Jennifer Tudor, Joshua Mefford Brenda Blair, Cathy Carrasco, Marilou Lucero, Wendy Volponi, Laura Corson, Chelestina Patzer,
Debra MacNeil, Melissa Hines,
Darrell Waite, Andrea Gonzalez, Micheline Ceccatti
Neeta Bhasin

Quality Control Coordinator: Cecilia David
Data Manager: Glennard Siy
Statistician: Denis Waldron

Vasilevskis et al Chest 2010; 138;1224-1233

Cognitive and Functional Impairment, Institutionalization, Mortality

Patient with Sepsis





Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch, and slipped quietly into the garage. I hooked up the boat up to the van and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour. The wind was blowing 50mph, so I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be bad all day.

I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed. I cuddled up to my wife's back; now with a different anticipation, and whispered, "The weather out there is terrible."

My loving wife of 5 years replied, "And, can you believe my stupid husband is out fishing in that?"

And that's how the fight started...

(So the wife explained that she was dreaming)
(The husband waited 'till their anniversary to retaliate)

My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary.

She said, "I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds."

I bought her a bathroom scale.

And then the fight started......

Sedation in ICU
Van Rompaey B, et al. Crit Care. 2009;13:R77.
Inouye SK, et al. JAMA.1996;275:852-857.
Skrobik Y. Crit Care Clin. 2009;25:585-591.


More Modifiable

Less Modifiable

Length of stay
Medicine service
Lack of nutrition
Metabolic disorders
- Anticholinergics
- Corticosteroids
- Benzodiazepines

Cardiac disease
Cognitive impairment
(eg, dementia)
Pulmonary disease

Admission via ED or
through transfer
No clock
No daylight
No visitors
Physical restraints

Increased age
Alcohol use
Male gender
Living alone
Renal disease

Acute Illness
Predisposing Disease
Patient Factors
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