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Digital Seminar

Navigating Pain Management and Sedation Levels in the Critical Care Environment

Danielle Dunwoody, PhD, RN
2 Hours 06 Minutes
Audio and Video
Oct 19, 2022
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Balancing analgesia and sedation for critically ill patients is challenging and we still see a discrepancy in the approach to sedation of critically ill patients. How do we avoid negative acute and long-term consequences of untreated pain and agitation? In this session, Dr. Dunwoody will help you understand how provide safe care to when patients are provided analgesia and sedation to prevent pain and anxiety, permit invasive procedures, reduce stress and oxygen consumption, and improve synchrony with mechanical ventilation. Regional preferences, patient assessment and history, unique critical care challenges and individual patient needs will be discussed. A review of how pain and sedation translate to practice will help you provide safe and quality care to your ill patients.


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Earn up to 2.0 CE hours. Please see below, for more details, as credit amounts vary by state and profession. 

Nurses - Pharmacology Nurse Practitioners

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Danielle Dunwoody, PhD, RN's Profile

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Danielle Dunwoody, PhD, RN, is an advanced practice nurse with extensive experience working in the acute care setting; specifically critical care nursing, acute pain management and procedural pain management. She is currently in a leadership role as a Patient Care Manager at Halton Healthcare in Milton, Canada. She is also an adjunct professor at York University in the Graduate Nursing Program with a program of research focused on clinical decision-making around opioids, opioid-induced sedation, and delivering quality pain management.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Danielle Dunwoody has employment relationships with Brock University and York University. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Danielle Dunwoody is a member of the Canadian Pain Society, the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, the American Society of Pain Management Nursing, the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nursing Member of Canadian Pain Society since 2019, Sigma Theta Tau International, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, and the Clinical Nurse Specialist Association of Ontario.

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  1. Apply the components of pain management within the critical care setting.
  2. Analyze Sedation, opioid induced sedation and the overall patient impact.
  3. Integrate assessment tools for sedation into patient management.
  4. Determine the goal of maximizing analgesia while minimizing sedation.


Pain Overview 
  • Definition 
  • Neurotransmitters/-Pain Transmission 
  • Acute vs. Chronic Pain 
  • Components of the Patient’s Pain Experience 
Pain Management 
  • What Happens if We Don’t Manage Pain? 
  • Assessment 
  • Considerations 
  • Management 
    • Nonpharmacologic  
    • Pharmacologic 
  • How Pain and Sedation Translate to Practice 
  • Sedation as a Concept 
    • Intentional 
    • Incidental 
  • Sedation Tools 
  • Sedation Risks 
  • Sedation Agents 
Nurses Role 
  • Finding Balance 
  • Iterative Knowing 
  • FAQs 

Target Audience

  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physicians Assistants


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