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Spontaneous Awakening and Breathing Trials: Strategies to Optimize Patient Outcomes

Michael J. Cawley, PharmD, RRT, CPFT, FCCM, and Kenneth D. Hargett, MHA, RRT, FAARC, FCCM, review spontaneous awakening trials (SAT) and spontaneous breathing trials (SBT) to reduce the intensive care unit (ICU) length of stay (LOS) and to help improve ICU outcomes. They offer both pharmacological treatments and ventilator liberation strategies. They explore the role of SAT/SBT as a quality strategy in reducing ICU LOS and ventilator use, discuss how team communications can be improved to facilitate implementation of standardized care plans, and discuss the role of pharmacological weaning in achieving care plan goals to move patients from mechanical ventilation. 

Author(s):
Michael J. Cawley,  Kenneth D. Hargett

Categories: Quality and Patient Safety, ICU Liberation,
Content Type: Presentations,