Implementation of a Pain, Agitation and Delirium Program in PICU: Improved comfort and decreased exposure to opioids and benzodiazepines
CCCF ePoster library. Lee L. 11/13/19; 283376; EP117
Ms. Laurie Lee
Ms. Laurie Lee
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Topic: Quality Assurance & Improvement

Lee, Laurie A1,2; Nikitovic, Dejana3; Kraft, Timothy1; Kampman, Renee1; Bissett, Wendy1; Doughty, Paul1,3
1Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Alberta Children's Hospital, Calgary, Canada; 2Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada;3Cumming's School of Medicine, Univeristy of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

Over the last 5 years delirium has been recognized and explored in Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU). 25-60% of patients admitted to the PICU experience delirium. Children suffering from delirium have increased PICU Length of Stay (LOS), hospital LOS, ventilator days, and mortality. Pediatric and adult studies have indicated an association with opioids and benzodiazepines in the development of delirium. The Society of Critical Care Medicine recognized the burden of ICU delirium and championed widespread implementation of an ABCDEF bundle to reduce delirium.

This project was conducted at the Alberta Children's Hospital, in a 20-bed medical-surgical PICU within a tertiary care children's hospital. The program was implemented for all patients admitted to the PICU. Outcome data was analyzed for those admitted to the PICU for > 48 hours from November 1, 2015-August 31, 2018.

Program Design:
The ABCDEF Bundle was adapted to create our PICU Pain, Agitation and Delirium (PAD) Program and it was implemented in 3 phases: 1) Revision and implementation of pain and agitation guideline; q4h pain scoring, q4h sedation scoring, and q24h delirium scoring; 2) Implementation of nurse led early mobilization and respiratory therapist led extubation readiness testing; 3) Focus on non-pharmacological pain and agitation management.

Each phase was rolled out using Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles. We utilized key facilitators for sustained change including: Recruitment and empowerment of multi-disciplinary frontline; education of all disciplines using evidence and family/patient testimonials; improved workflow for frontline staff; regular presence on rounds of Champion MD/NP; audit/feedback of expected targets; celebration and advertisement of successes; leveraging of local, site and provincial support.

1) Consistently measure pain, sedation/agitation and delirium;
2) Decrease prevalence of severe pain
3) Decrease prevalence of delirium;
4) Decrease use of opioids and benzodiazepines

Statistical process control (SPC) U charts were used to evaluate the impact of our PICU PAD program on our objectives.

Implementation of the PICU PAD program was associated with the following changes

  • >80% compliance with q4h pain scoring, q4h sedation/agitation scoring, and q24h delirium scoring.
  • Reduction in the prevalence of severe pain from 21.9% to 12.32%.
  • Reduction in the prevalence of PICU delirium from 57% to 46%
  • Reduction in the median days of opioid exposure from 44% to 39% of all PICU days
  • No change in the median mcg/kg/days exposed to opioids
  • Reduction in the median days of benzodiazepine exposure from 53% to 25% of all PICU days
  • Increase in median mcg/kg/days exposed to benzodiazepines from 235 mcg/kg/days exposed to 375 mcg/kg/days exposed
  • Reduction in ventilator days from 66 to 40 days per month

Conclusion: This project highlights that through implementation of a multi-disciplinary Pain, Agitation and Delirium program, with a focus on non-pharmacological therapy is feasible. The phased implementation of this program was associated with improved comfort, while decreasing patient's total exposure to both opioids and benzodiazepines. Patients also experienced less delirium and spent fewer days ventilated. Through dedication of staff and thorough knowledge translation patient care can be dramatically improved.

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