Delirium is characterized by the abrupt onset of significant confusion that may cause the patient to become agitated, aggressive, unable to focus, and sometimes hallucinate. Intensive care unit (ICU) delirium is a large area of focus for current research to help understand the causes, preventative measures, and potential treatments. This problem isn’t only faced in the hospital setting, but can affect patients long after discharge. The PICOT question guiding this benchmark project stated: In adult ICU patients (P), how does the use of earplugs (I) compared to the use of no earplugs (C) affect the patient’s future risk of ICU delirium (O) during the time on the unit or hospital stay (T)?
Date of publication
MSN Capstone Project
Masters of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner
Click, Morgan P., "Earplugs for Intensive Care Unit Delirium Prevention: Impact of an Evidence-Based Intervention on Patient Outcomes" (2021). MSN Capstone Projects. Paper 114.