Mind on the Mend? Dexmedetomidine for Delirium in the ICU

Rochester, NY, NY US
December 19, 2019

This activity will provide background on the prevalence and negative outcomes associated with delirium in critically ill patients. We will discuss current practice guidelines on preventing and treating delirium in the ICU and focus on the literature supporting use of dexmedetomidine as a sedative agent with benefits on both duration and prevalence of ICU delirium. After completion of this presentation, pharmacists will have a better understanding of the role of dexmedetomidine as a sedative in the ICU with the added benefit of reducing delirium and improving other outcomes in patients by targeting light sedation.

Target Audience

  • Pharmacists

Learning Objectives

Learning objectives

  1. Recognize the current role of dexmedetomidine in the intensive care unit (ICU)
  2. Recall current practice guideline recommendations for the treatment and prevention of delirium in the ICU
  3. Summarize the literature regarding the use of dexmedetomidine for preventing and decreasing the duration of delirium
  4. Apply knowledge of dexmedetomidine use in ICU delirium to a patient case

Additional Information

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacist
  • 1.00 General CEU – Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
12/19/2019 - 7:00am CST
Event ends: 
12/19/2019 - 8:00am CST
University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Ave.
Rochester, NY, NY 14642
United States
Relevant financial relationships: Planning committee members and the presenter have nothing to disclose
The presenter will discuss off-label use of drugs
Planning committee
Linda Thomas, PharmD, BCPS
University of Rochester Medical Center
Course reviewer
James Lichauer, Pharm.D., BCPS, FASHP
PI Program Director, Pharmacy
Emily Schranz, PharmD
PGY-2 Pharmacy Resident
University of Rochester Medical Center
Joint Accreditation Statement:
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Vizient, Inc. and the University of Rochester Medical Center.  Vizient, Inc. is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Designation Statements:
Vizient, Inc. designates this activity for a maximum of 1.00 ACPE credit hours.
Universal Activity Number: JA0006103-9999-19-248-L01-P
Vizient, Inc. will award CEUs to each participant who successfully completes this program. The CEU is a nationally recognized unit of measure for continuing education and training programs that meet certain criteria (1 contact hour = 0.1 CEU).

Available Credit

  • 1.00 ACPE Pharmacist
  • 1.00 General CEU – Attendance


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