13th Annual American Delirium Society Conference
Engage, Enhance, Evolve: Reclaiming Life From Delirium

June 11-13, 2023 | Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI

Track #1 Delirium Across the Lifespan: Use of an Age-Friendly Framework

7:00 am - 8:00 am


8:00 am - 8:05 am


8:10 am - 8:40 am

Epidemiology, risks and outcomes in adult and pediatric patients

8:45 am - 9:10 am

Delirium Pathophysiology

9:15 am - 10:00 am

Delirium Screening in adult and pediatric patients

10:00 am - 10:15 am


10:15 am - 10:30 am

Delirium Superimposed on Dementia

10:30 am - 10:45 am

Non-Pharmacologic Strategies for Delirium Management

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Pharmacologic Strategies for Delirium Management

11:25 am - 11:45 am

Delirium Care Using the 4M Framework

11:50 am - 12:15 pm

Pediatric Considerations on Delirium Prevention & Management

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm


1:00 pm - 1:25 pm

Patient and Family Experiences

1:25 pm - 1:30 pm

Instructions for Rotating Simulation Breakouts

1:30 pm - 2:20 pm

Simulation #1 – Adult Step-down Unit

2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

Simulation #2 – Pediatric

3:30 pm - 4:20 pm

Simulation #3 – Adult PIC Clinic

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Question and Answer Session

This educational track provides the participants with an excellent foundation for understanding delirium pathophysiology and how to approach screening. The morning session will include educational presentations on delirium epidemiology, screening, and management for patients of all ages. Afternoon simulation sessions will provide hands-on experience and promote confidence for delirium screening and care of both pediatric and adult patients. The day will conclude with a Question & Answer session.

Faculty will include key adult and pediatric delirium experts such as Alice Bonner, PhD, RN, FAAN, Donna Fick, PhD, GCNS-BC, FAAN, Professor Alasdair Maclullich, BSc, MB ChB, MRCP(UK), PhD, FRCPE, Heidi Smith, MD, MSCI, Molly Gangopadhyay, MD, Jose Maldonado, MD, FAPM, Mark Oldham, MD, Matthew Duprey, PharmD, Heidi Bean, RN, Karen Sheppard, RN, Karla Krewulak, PhD, Michelle Nai, MSN, RN, GERO-BC, Jim Rudolph, MD, Chris Waszynski, DNP, APRN, GNP-BC, FAAN, Bethany Young, PhD(c), RN, AGCNS-BC, CCRN, and Alex Barry, RN, MBA.

TRACK #2 Leading, Implementing, and Sustaining an Effective Delirium Quality Improvement Project

7:00 am - 8:00 am


8:00 am - 8:15 am


8:15 am - 9:00 am

KEYNOTE: The Value of QI and Collaboratives for Delirium EBP Brenda Truman Pun, DNP, RN

Brenda Pun Brenda Pun
9:00 am - 9:30 am

Taking the First Step: Introduction to the Model for Improvement

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Identifying the Problem: What are We Trying to Accomplish?

10:00 am - 10:30 am

BREAKOUT: Share Project Idea and Problem Areas

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Team Development: Selecting Stakeholders and Addressing Nay-sayers

11:00 am - 11:30 am

The Sales Pitch: Effective Storytelling and Navigating Competing Agendas

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

BREAKOUT: Team Brainstorming and Practice Sales Pitch

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

SMART Aim and Quality Improvement Measures

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

BREAKOUT: Define SMART Aim and Identify Project Measures

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Project Implementation and PDSA Cycles

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Data Collection and Analysis for Quality Improvement

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

BREAKOUT: Brainstorm the Who, What, When, and How

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Sustainability and Dissemination

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Question and Answer Session

This full-day workshop equips participants with the skills necessary to develop and lead a delirium-related quality improvement project within their clinical setting. Specific focus areas include orientation to quality improvement methods, project design and approach, team development and stakeholder identification, communication strategies, data collection and measures, data analysis, sustainability, and dissemination. Workshop and breakout sessions will provide for robust brainstorming and discussion of key quality improvement methods and implementing new evidence-based practices, and strategies to improve patient care. This session can be further augmented by attendance at quality improvement workshop attendance during the main conference. Attendees will benefit from 6 months of ongoing project mentorship and coaching for enhanced success.

Faculty will include: Stacey Williams, DNP(c), APRN, CPNP-AC, Biren Kamdar, MD, MBA, MHS, Leanne Boehm, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, Kristina Betters, MD.

6:00 am - 5:45 am

Early Riser Networking Event

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Registration, Breakfast, and Exhibit Hall

7:00 am - 8:00 am

Mentor-Mentee Breakfast

8:00 am - 8:15 am

Welcome to Conference by ADS President

8:15 am - 8:50 am

Plenary #1

Robert D. Sanders Robert D. Sanders
8:50 am - 9:25 am

Plenary #2

Rebeccah Slater Rebeccah Slater
9:25 am - 10:00 am

Plenary #3

Gen Shinozake Gen Shinozake
10:15 am - 10:30 am

Coffee Break

10:35 am - 11:35 am

Breakout Sessions #1

  • Rhode Island – Becoming and Being an Age Friendly State
  • Oral Abstracts: Session 1
  • Quality Improvement Bootcamp for Delirium Evidence-Based Practice: Part 1
  • Delirium Predictive Model in Patients Admitted to Surgical Intensive Care Units
  • Postoperative delirium: from animal models to human studies
  • Delirium Assessment and Management in Complex Pediatric Populations
  • 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

    Breakout Sessions #2

  • Harmonizing Measures to Advance Delirium Research
  • Leveraging Technology: Can We Augment Our Way to Better Brain Health?
  • Quality Improvement Bootcamp for Delirium Evidence-Based Practice: Part 1 (cont)
  • The role of the blood-brain barrier in delirium
  • Creating and Implementing Pediatric Delirium Education
  • 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

    Lunch & Exhibition Hall Open (Please Visit!)

    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

    Breakout Sessions #3

  • Aging related metabolic and geroscience mechanisms in delirium pathophysiology from mice to humans
  • What Matters Most @ Home as Delirium Prehabilitation Intervention
  • Optimizing delirium assessments and enhancing delirium care in a healthcare organization: Lessons from the field
  • Use it or lose it: Cognitive and Physical Exercise Interventions to Promote Brain Recovery after Acute Illness and Delirium
  • Statistical consultation roundtable for junior investigators
  • Mini-Minds Panel
  • 2:40 pm - 3:40 pm

    Breakout Sessions #4

  • Novel Approaches to Model Delirium in Mice
  • NIDUS Oral Abstract Session I
  • Delirium in the Critically Ill: Patients and Family Effects and Life After the ICU
  • Improving Health Care Structures for Geriatric Patients with Perioperative Neurocognitive Disorders and Elective Surgery
  • Hackensack University Medical Center’s Delirium Management Program, Putting Delirium Care in the Quality Improvement framework
  • Best Practices for Delirium Assessment in Research Studies
  • 3:50 pm - 4:50 pm

    Breakout Sessions #5

  • The American Society of Anesthesiology Brain Health Initative: One Specialty’s First Public Health Initiative
  • “Best of” Australasian Delirium Association
  • Implementation challenges for delirium prevention in the ICU: bridging the gap
  • Delirium Coding: Beyond Metabolic Encephalopathy
  • Implementation of New Screenings and a Nurse Led Order-Set to Assure Best
  • Practices in Prevention and Mitigation of Delirium
  • 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Poster Viewing and Reception

    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Special ticketed event with Dr. Wes Ely

    6:00 am - 6:45 am

    Early Risers Networking Event

    7:00 am - 8:00 am

    Registration, Breakfast, and Exhibit Hall

    8:00 am - 8:20 am

    Awards & Announcements

    8:20 am - 9:00 am

    Plenary #4

    Kali Dayton Kali Dayton
    9:00 am - 9:40 am

    Plenary #5

    James L. McGrath James L. McGrath
    9:40 am - 10:00 am

    Plenary Panel #2

    10:00 am - 10:20 am


    10:20 am - 11:20 am

    Breakout Sessions #1

  • Delirium Wheel, mobile app
  • Oral Abstracts Session 2
  • Humanizing ICU Care to Combat Delirium
  • Towards Better Understanding of Survival Analysis Methods Used in Delirium S Studies
  • Tau and Phosphorylated Tau as the Biomarkers of Postoperative Delirium
  • Electrical and Functional Neuroimaging in Pediatric Delirium
  • 11:30 am - 12:30 am

    Breakout Sessions #2

  • NIDUS Pilot & Collaborative Working Group Presentations
  • Managing the Psychiatric Sequalae of an Intensive Care Unit Stay
  • Quality Improvement Bootcamp for Delirium Evidence-Based Practice: Part 2
  • An Introduction to ‘Neurodelirium’
  • Delirium and PND after Cardiac Surgery: New Frontiers
  • Implementing the A-F Bundle in Children: A Holistic, Sensory and Non-pharmacologic Perspective
  • 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm


    12:40 pm - 1:10 pm

    Open Business Meeting (Share Your Feedback!)

    1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

    Breakout Sessions #3

  • The interrelationship between delirium and dementia
  • MultiOmics of Postoperative Delirium
  • Exploring Delirium’s Heterogeneity: State-Of-The-Art Phenotyping from Man to Molecular Markers
  • Delirium Monitoring and Clinician Education, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
  • On the Path Towards Age Friendly Hospital Systems
  • 2:40 pm - 3:40 pm

    Breakout Sessions #4

  • Novel Interventions Using Sensory Stimulation And Movement To Normalize Arousal States And Reverse Inattention In Delirium
  • NIDUS Oral Abstract Session II
  • “Best Of” European Delirium Association
  • Practical Issues In Delirium Assessment: Drawing On Quantitative And Qualitative Study Findings To Inform Best Practice In Clinician Education And Application Of
  • Delirium Prevention And Management Programs: A Story Of Evolution, Successful Adaptation And Expansion Over A 5-Year Period In A Large Multi Hospital System In
  • Cognitive Outcomes in COVID-19 Survivors: Mechanisms of Disease and Recovery Trajectories
  • 3:50 pm - 4:50 pm

    Breakout Sessions #5

  • Ensuring The Voice Of The Person With Delirium Is Heard – The Role Of Shared Decision-Making, Informed Consent, And Establishing Goals Of Care At The End Of Life
  • Oral Abstracts Session III
  • Can We Leverage ERAS Care Pathway To Improve Postoperative Delirium? Implementation And Challenges: A Multidisciplinary Perspective
  • Harnessing The Power Of Technology To Transform Delirium Recognition And Improve Patient Outcomes
  • 4:50 pm - 5:00 pm

    End of Conference Celebration & Closing Remarks