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NCD Pacing Event: Delirium

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Thursday, March 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT.

Summary from 3/7 Pacing Event: “Preventing, Identifying, and Managing Delirium: Evidence, Tools, and the Provider-Patient Connection”

This event provided hospitals, both addressing and not actively working on delirium, a better understanding of the impact of delirium on patient outcomes and provide details about creating a business case for why it’s important.

Delirium can produce devastating, long term effects and can occur in a variety of patients in a variety of hospital units. This event discussed the importance of addressing delirium as part of a broader set of quality improvement efforts. With the goal of improving patient outcomes, Dr. Wes Ely focused on the prevention, identification, and management of delirium. Dr. Ely shared details and results from recent studies and collaboratives, best practices, and tools that can be implemented within and beyond the ICU setting. In addition, the session explored the impact of delirium on the patient experience and the importance of a provider-patient connection.

This guest presenters for this session were:

E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH, Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction, and Survivorship (CIBS) Center, Aging Research, VA GRECC, and Professor, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, TN, who presented research findings and tools to facilitate HIINs’ and hospitals’ work to prevent and manage delirium, as well as his work to develop connections and partnerships with patients in his care

Leslie Pelton, MPA, Senior Director at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), who highlighted the role of delirium prevention and treatment as one element of ensuring the safety of patients, particularly older adult patients who may receive care in any part of the hospital.
The session was moderated by Kendall Hall, MD (NCD).