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Episode 22 - Dr. Dale Needham:

Awake in the ICU

(Johns Hopkins Series Pt 1)

Dr. Dale Needham, Medical Director, Critical Care Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Program, and Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medicine, shares groundbreaking insight in new practices of wakefulness in ICU patients. From improved recovery rates to lower levels of delirium, and enhanced post ICU recovery rates, this episode is eye-opening.

In the first installment of our Johns Hopkins series, hosts Dr. Steven Taback and Bill Curtis are joined by Dr. Dale Needham, Medical Director, Critical Care Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Program, and Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. Needham’s breakthrough work & research in wakefulness in the ICU is paving the way for how the industry treats delirium and post intensive care syndrome to improve ICU stays and reduce recovery times.

In this dedicated series, we're showcasing the medical breakthroughs & innovations from one of the world's most preeminent hospitals: Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Johns Hopkins Medicine is dedicated to improving the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care.

Episode Timestamps:

1:55 Motion and cognitive activity in an ICU

5:21 Transitioning from the culture of sedation to wakefulness in the ICU

7:40 A case of long lasting cognitive impairment post ICU treatment

10:08 How much of ICU caused impairment can be reversed?

11:33 How does care differ now in the ICU?

15:05 Staffing for wakefulness in the ICU

16:40 How do nurses interact with patients to keep them alert?

20:56 Johns Hopkins Critical Care Rehabilitation Conference

22:30 Advice to critical care experts to priming their staff for a wakeful ICU on limited resources

26:46 Unique ICU care for COVID at Johns Hopkins 3

2:32 Improving sleep in the ICU

36:50 Home health agencies

38:45 Dr. Needham shares advice on what to do if you find yourself as a patient in an ICU

41:12 Virtual reality in the ICU

Find Dr. Needham on Twitter: @drdaleneedham

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Produced & Edited by: AJ Moseley

Hosted by: Dr. Steven Taback & Bill Curtis

Sound Engineering by: Steve Reikeberg

Theme Music by: Celleste & Eric Dick