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Anesthesia Management and Postoperative Delirium: Proactively Targeting the Depth of Sedation

Anesthesia Management and Postoperative Delirium: Proactively Targeting the Depth of Sedation


Interactive Monograph

Time to Complete

30 minutes


September 15, 2016


December 31, 2020
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Last Reviewed

This activity was re-reviewed and re-accredited on November 1, 2018.

Maximum Credits

The "CE for Nurses" credit type for this course is only applicable for Nurse Anesthetists. Anyone not in need of Class A CE credit should claim AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

0.50 / AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
0.50 / CE for Nurses (0.50 Class A CE Credits)

Accredited Provider

This educational activity is provided by Haymarket Medical Education (HME)

Commercial Supporter

Supported by an educational grant from Medtronic

Program Description

A significant number of patients undergoing surgery develop neurologic complications postoperatively, ranging from subtle cognitive alterations to clinically evident confusion and delirium. Restoration of cognitive function following surgery is the ultimate goal and requires an interdisciplinary approach that includes all anesthesiology providers. Developing a comprehensive approach from preoperative identification of risk factors to intraoperative brain monitoring to postoperative pharmacologic management of delirium will result in decreased delirium and more favorable outcomes.

Intended Audience

Anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Discuss preoperative methods for minimizing postoperative delirium including proper screening and identification of risk factors
  • Utilize intraoperative measures such as evidence-based monitoring when administering anesthesia to minimize postoperative delirium
  • Review nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic methods for preventing and treating postoperative delirium

Conflict Of Interest Disclosure Policy

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, HME requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. HME resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational activities.


Tong Joo (T.J.) Gan, MD, MHS, FRCA
Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology
Stony Brook University Medical Center
Stony Brook, NY

Dr. Gan has nothing to disclose.

Accredited Provider Disclosure

The Haymarket Medical Education staff involved in the planning and content review of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.




AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Accreditation Statement

Haymarket Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

Haymarket Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only those credits commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.




CE for Nurses

Accreditation Statement

This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 0.50 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1033526; Expiration Date 9/14/2020.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This CME activity may or may not discuss investigational, unapproved, or off-label use of drugs. Participants are advised to consult prescribing information for any products discussed. The information provided in this CME activity is for continuing medical education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician relative to diagnostic and treatment options for a specific patient's medical condition.


The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of Medtronic and Haymarket Medical Education. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

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To obtain credit, a score of 70% or better on the post-test is required. This activity is offered at no cost to participants. Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully completed this program, answered all test questions, completed the post-test and evaluation, and have received a digital copy of your credit certificate. Your online certificate will be saved on myCME within your Profile/CME History, which you can access at any time.

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