ADS 2017 Presidential Address

 

American Delirium Society President Pratik Pandharipande, MD, MSCI, FCCM of Vanderbilt University Medical Center began his presidential address by stating that everyone at the conference was bound by a common goal to advance delirium education, research and awareness. He urged that patients must be kept in the center as interdisciplinary collaborative seek to combat delirium.

Dr. Pandharipande provided a year in review stating that:

ADS Annual Meeting 2017 – Day Two

The final day of the conference began with a Statistical Methods for Delirium Research Workshop followed by a Keynote Address on a Patient and Family perspective of ICU Survivorship presented by Ramona Hopkins, PhD, which included the interview of an individual who had experienced delirium by James, Jackson, PsyD.

A lively debate about whether screening should be done was presented with Alasdair MacLullich, BSc, Phd taking the pro position and Wes Ely, MD, MPH arguing the con. 

ADS Annual Meeting 2017 – Day One

Junior faculty and early career investigators gathered for a mentor breakfast prior to the opening of the conference and presidential address by Pratik Pandharipande, MD. The 2017 Delirium Champion Award was presented to Molly Wagster, PhD by Wes Ely, MD, MPH.

ADS Annual Meeting 2017 – Pre-conference

The 7th annual American Delirium Society meeting began with a full day preconference. The morning provided a background orientation on delirium including epidemiology, phenotypes, pathophysiology, monitoring and outcomes. Once the overview of the basics was completed, the discussion focused on what to do once a patient has delirium such as non-pharmacological techniques for prevention and management, as well as pharmacological management. The afternoon session was conducted at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Art and Science of Delirium

For 3 weeks I was held in a room,

I was tied to the bed if I tried to get away.

I couldn’t talk; I couldn’t eat;

I was not allowed to sleep;

Groups of people would enter the room and look at me and talk about me and I was sometimes undressed in front of a small audience.

I was shot full of drugs;

I was too weak to move;

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