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ABCDE of ICU cognitive outcomes

Applying best evidence using simple easily remembered tools appeals to my small and busy brain. A system of minimising the impact of intensive care on long term brain function is proposed using an ABCDE mnemonic: awakening, spontaneous breathing trials, coordinating these two with target-based sedation, delirium monitoring and scoring, and early mobility therapy / exercise.

A screening, prevention, and restoration model for saving the injured brain in intensive care unit survivors
Critical Care Medicine Oct 2010;38(10):S683-S691