Marianne Shaughnessy, PhD, AGPCNP, President of the Society for this past year, opened the 2016 conference with a presidential address highlighting the strides the organization has made over the past six years. .
She stated priorities for the coming year, identified from the 2015 member engagement survey, including: 1.Educational Materials for Health Professional Education, 2.Online Networking Forum for Research, and 3.Guidance in implementing Delirium Screening Programs. A new international collaboration with the European and Australasian Delirium Associations was promoted through the resource of idelirium.org. An alliance has also been established this year with the American Nurses Association (ANA). At the conclusion of her remarks, Dr. Shaughnessy invited representatives from the ANA to speak about this initiative, including the site: http://www.nursingworld.org/Delirium-Prevent-Identify-Treat ..
Dr. Colm Cunningham gave the opening plenary on using animal models to increase the understanding of Delirium Pathophysiology.
The loss of Dr. Jeff Silverstein was recognized for his many contributions to the field. His wife, Dr. Stacey Diener, provided some reflections, before Dr. Paul Wischmeyer presented the Memorial Lecture.
He shared parts of his own experience with delirium in order to articulate what patients wish providers knew. The Research Committee then gave a presentation on the Year in Review, moderated by Noll Campbell, PharmD.
After lunch, the conference divided into three breakouts including Delirium at the End of Life, moderated by Sharon Gordon, PsyD; Integration of Delirium Monitoring, Sleep Promotion, and Neuropsychological Recovery in the Pediatric ICU, moderated by Heidi Smith, MD, MSCI; and talks on the Assessment of Inattention, the Association of Endothelial and Neurologic Biomarkers, Delirium after Cardiac Surgery, Biomarkers of Acute Inflammation, Predictive Modeling in Delirium and Validation of a Nurse-Based Delirium screening tool were moderated by Rakesh Arora, MD, PhD, FRCSC and Pratik Pandharipande, MD, MSCI.
A second series of breakout sessions included a presentation on Creating a Local Delirium Prevention Initiative moderated by Lyn Lindpainter, MD; Don’t Forget the Pharmacist moderated by George Taffet, MD; and the Neuropsychology of Delirium moderated by Zoe Tieges, PhD. The day concluded with a Poster Session, with awards going to Leanne Boehm, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, a Nurse Postdoctoral Fellow from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and George Godsey and Eric Goldwaser, doctoral students at Rowan University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.