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Poster presented at: 2016 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses Annual Education Meeting in New Orleans, LA.



The purpose of the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit is to provide specialized quality care to a high acuity and vulnerable critically ill population with the desired outcome of health improvement. It would appear that the goal for both Neuroscience Intensive Care Units and “sleep” would be one of healing; however it is also well documented that routine sleep disturbances due to either deprivation or disruption in neuroscience critical care units negatively affects patient outcomes.

Further exploration of sleep architecture, physiologic responses that occur during sleep and factors contributing to a lack of qualitative and quantitative sleep in critical care units needs to take place. With an enhanced understanding of these concepts, strategies to guide practice in order to improve quality of sleep in patients recovering in critical care environments can be formulated.

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