The ABCDEF’s of Pain, Agitation, and Delirium Management

Planned in cooperation with the ASHP Section of Clinical Specialists and Scientists

ACPE Activity Number: 0204-000-19-015-H04-P
Release Date: May 29, 2019
Expiration Date: May 29, 2022
Activity Type: Knowledge-based  
CE Credits: 1.0 hour, no partial credit
Activity Fee: Members – Free / Non-Member – Not Available  

Accreditation for Pharmacists

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

This activity is a recording from a live webinar and those that claim credit for the live webinar should not claim credit for this activity.

Target Audience

This continuing pharmacy education activity is designed for clinical pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, or institutions providing clinical pharmacy services to the critical care departments and patients experiencing or at risk for pain, agitation, and delirium.

Activity Overview

This activity will critically evaluate the 2018 Pain, Agitation, Delirium, Immobility, and Sleep (PADIS) guidelines, review the latest literature and evidence supporting treatment plans, and design an implementation plan for managing and preventing pain, agitation, and delirium. Speakers will compare and contrast the recommendations between the 2013 and 2018 guideline and outline the evidence that led to the updated recommendations, evaluate more recent literature and how those results can be applied to evidence-based patient evaluation, and outline how to design a successful implementation plan for the management and prevention of pain, agitation and delirium.   

Learning Objectives

  • Compare and contrast 2013 and 2018 Guidelines for the Management of Pain, Agitation, and Delirium.
  • Discuss recent evidence for treatment of pain, agitation, or delirium in critically ill adults.
  • Describe a pharmacotherapy protocol for use within a multidisciplinary ABCDEF bundle.

Schedule of Educational Activities

  • Discuss guidelines and recommendations for varying treatment plans.
  • Review changes in literature for implementation plans.

Faculty Information

  • Joseph B. Cavanaugh, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, Senior Clinical Pharmacist, Community Medical Center, Toms River, NJ
  • Calvin J. Ice, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, Clinical Pharmacy Services Supervisor, Spectrum Health Grand Rapids, MI
  • Zachary R. Smith, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCCCP, Critical Care Clinical Pharmacist Henry Ford Hospital Detroit, MI

Faculty Disclosures

In accordance with the ACPE's and ACCME's Standards for Commercial Support, anyone in a position to control the content of an educational activity is required to disclose to the accredited provider their relevant financial relationships. In accordance with these Standards, all potential conflicts of interest have been resolved. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if he or she (or spouse/domestic partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services are discussed in the activity content over which the individual has control.

As defined by ACCME, a commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The Standards for Commercial Support do not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests. The existence or non-existence of relevant financial relationships will be disclosed to the activity audience. All identified conflicts of interest must be resolved prior to the activity.

  • All planners, presenters, reviewers, and ASHP staff report no financial relationships relevant to this activity.

Methods and CE Requirements

This activity consists of a recordings of faculty slides presentations, active learning activities, discussion, and handouts. Participants must participate in the activity in its entirety to claim continuing pharmacy education credit online at ASHP eLearning Portal. Follow the prompts online to complete the evaluation, claim credit and view the statement of credit immediately after completing the activity.

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System Technical Requirements

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