Cognitive Impairment Following the ICU Experience

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Instructor: TBD

Length: 1.5 - 3 hours

Recent reports show that medical and surgical management of acute illnesses can result in new or accelerated cognitive decline in survivors. This is most likely to occur in older patients with co-morbidities and less reserve, but may also be devastating and costly for younger patients unable to return to work. Critical care healthcare professionals must be concerned not only with hospital survival but also with preservation of survivors cognitive abilities, prevention of functional decline, and quality of life. This program will provide an overview of cognitive impairment that follows hospitalization in an Intensive Care Unit, a review of risk factors and strategies for modifying them will review effective treatment after discharge.

    At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
  • Define cognitive impairment
  • Identify the risk factors for ICU related long-term cognitive impairment
  • Describe strategies for modifying those risk factors
  • Describe strategies for early detection of cognitive impairment during/after an ICU experience
  • Identify effective treatment of the condition after discharge from the ICU.

Audience: Staff nurses (RNs and LPNs), educators, and advance practice nurses.