Module 3 – Pharmacology of ICU and AI

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A substantial fraction of the budget of the hospital pharmacy is consumed by ICU therapeutic agents. Critically ill patients are routinely provided a multitude of medicines for maintaining mechanical ventilation, vital parameters, analgesia and sedation to prevent pain and anxiety, permit invasive procedures, reduce stress and oxygen consumption, and have complete synchrony with ventilatory requirements. A proper understanding is required to implement guidelines for standard medication as well as transfusion practices. A coordinated team effort by clinicians, intensivists, transfusion experts, other laboratory personnel and health care providers involved in the management chain is needed.

Objectives

Upon conclusion of this module, participants should be able to:

  • Analyze dosage, indications and pitfalls in administering cardiovascular and respiratory medicines and recent advances in the use of vasopressors
  • Define the risks and benefits of Blood Transfusion, Blood Products & Complications of Transfusion
  • Identify goals of sedation and analgesia, WHO Analgesic Ladder and Use of Opioids in ICU
  • Get oriented with concept of Augmented Medicine, 4 P model
  • Work towards challenges and future direction of AI in medicine

Contributors

Professor David Baker BSc MBBS M Phil DM FRCA FRSM
Consultant in Anaesthesia (SAMU) Necker
University Hospital Paris
Visiting Professor Harvard University and University of Surabaya
London, United Kingdom

Gary Hartstein MD
Clinical Professor, Anesthesia and Emergency Medicine and Medical Director
Ecole Provinciale d’Aide Medical Urgente Province de Liège
Liège, Belgium

Abhinav Shaurya
MS Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence
University of Technology Sydney
Australia