ICU Sedation: How Can the Alphabet Help?

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ACPE # 0079-9999-13-129-H01-P

Expiration Date: 12/17/2015

Knowledge Based Activity; eligible for 1 Contact Hour

The following knowledge-based CPE programs have been developed in conjunction with The Jefferson School of Population Health and Department of Pharmacy of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. The programs are free to all Jefferson pharmacists.

Method & Format

Each online program consists of audio with slides. After viewing the online course, contact Melissa Horowitz at Melissa.horowitz@jefferson.edu to receive the post-test and activity evaluation.

A minimum score of 70% is required on the test for credit to be awarded. The estimated time to complete this activity is 1 hour. Participants who successfully complete will be awarded 1.00 hours of continuing pharmacy education credit (.100 CEUs).

Participants should claim continuing education credit for this internet-based educational activity only if they have not claimed credit for the live activity.

Target Audience

This continuing pharmacy education activity was planned to meet the needs of Jefferson pharmacists in a variety of practice settings, including large and small health systems, managed-care organizations, and academia.

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Please contact the ACPE administrator at (215) 955-9817 with any questions pertaining to these programs.



  • Summarize recent guidelines for the management of pain, agitation, and delirium in critically ill patients
  • Describe key characteristics of individual analgesic and sedative agents
  • Discuss each component of the ABCDE bundle
  • Explain the evidence behind the ABCDE bundle and recent guidelines
  • Given a clinical scenario, recommend an appropriate regimen for pain and/or sedation

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