“To die, to sleep – to sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub, for in this sleep of death what dreams may come…” (Hamlet)
Shakespeare may not have been talking about the tumult of the ICU survivor, but you could be forgiven for thinking so.
Sleep deprivation is familiar to us all. It's clear that our patients experience it frequently, and it is not hard to believe that it affects them greatly, both acutely in the ICU, and following discharge.
So what are we doing about it?
Rebecca Hahn is exploring the attitudes and behaviours of fellow ICU nurses with respect to sleep practices, to inform a wider research interest. She joined me on the podcast at the 20th Annual ANZICS CTG meeting in Noosa Heads, Queensland.
And you have to wonder what it might show. The recently released ADRENAL study spent nearly 10 years and $5M Australian on exploring the role of steroids in sepsis, and found that at best, they reduce ventilation times and ICU length-of-stay
Could a pair of noise cancelling earphones do the same?
Listen to Rebecca's podcast here