The WAKE UP component promotes opioid and sedation management with the goal of reducing unnecessary sleepiness and sedation, which allows for early mobilization, reduction of delirium, decreased risk of respiratory compromise and shortened length of stay. Monitoring reversal agents and maintaining a continued emphasis on minimal sedation can assist in the prevention of several harm events: ADE, Airway Safety, Delirium, Failure to Rescue, Falls, VAE and VTE.

FHA will focus on WAKE UP April - June 2018.

The acronym is a reminder of the practices an organization needs to have in place to effectively initiate appropriate sedation management:

W - WARN yourself: this is high risk.
K - KNOW: your drugs, your patient.
E - ENGAGE: patients and families to set realistic pain expectations, use of non-sedating analgesics, risks of opioids.
U - UTILIZE: dose limits, layering limits, soft and hard stops.
P - PROTECT: the Patient…our ultimate job.


FHA Resources (Coming Soon)

  • FHA WAKE UP Toolkit and Resource Guide
  • FHA WAKE UP Top 10 Checklist
  • FHA WAKE UP Badge cards
  • FHA WAKE UP E-mail Banner
  • FHA WAKE UP Flyer
  • FHA WAKE UP Newsletters
  • FHA WAKE UP Posters
  • FHA WAKE UP Social media


Additional Resources

Virtual Events

WAKE UP Virtual Event: Managing Pain, Avoiding Oversedation
WAKE UP Virtual Event: Sedation-Too Much Temptation?


For more information, contact FHA HIIN at hiin@fha.org or 407-841-6230