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1/21/2016 5:00 PM

ICU Improvement teams are invited to join a national initiative to reduce pain, agitation and delirium (PAD) in critically ill patients. PAD Your ICU is a 10-month program designed and hosted by the Faculty of the Canadian ICU Collaborative and supported by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and Safer Healthcare Now! The deadline to enrol is Friday, February 12, 2016.

Delirium is associated with increased mortality and length of stay (LOS) in adult critically-ill patients. Studies have shown that systematic and accurate evaluations of pain and agitation, coupled with "actionable interventions" can provide cost-savings and have a significant impact on patient outcomes, including LOS and complications.

Learn more about PAD!

Up to 80 per cent of critically ill patients in ICU have delirium or subsyndromal delirium according to validated screening criteria. 

Pain and agitation are risk factors for delirium; pharmacologic treatments may precipitate delirium and are associated with additional risks.

PAD Your ICU participating teams will chose one or two goals to work on for prevention, assessment and treatment of PAD and track their performance through to March 2017.  Five webinars will be held over the course of the program (March, May and October 2016) and teams will be also be supported  through a series of team calls, list serve, document sharing, monthly reports, assessments, faculty support and data analysis. Participants will also learn novel ways to engage families in the management of the patient's delirium.

PAD Your ICU is a valuable opportunity to track your ICU's performance, and to connect/share ideas with your colleagues across the country! Click here to learn more or contact Ardis Eliason, Project Coordinator, Improvement Associates Ltd. at, for an information package and to enroll in this improvement initiative.

To learn more about Delirium, visit and click on Safer Healthcare Now! interventions.