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$1.9M grant helps USF College of Nursing researchers study delirium in ICU

Dr. Cindy Munro

USF Health

Dr. Cindy Munro



Nearly $2 million in grant funding will help researchers in the University of South Florida College of Nursing study a potential method of preventing delirium in the intensive care unit.

Cindy Munro, a professor and associate dean of research and innovation at the college, will lead the research team. They’ll be looking at an audio-recording system that hopes to calm patients by playing scripted messages from family members.

The intervention is called Family Automated Voice Reorientation (FAVoR). Recordings play for patients every hour during the day, helping orient them using a familiar voice. The messages will talk to the patients by name and walk them through what’s happening, saying things like, “you’re in the hospital,” “we will visit you soon,” and, “you’re not able to talk because you are in a breathing tube.”

Researchers hope this will help reduce delirium in ICU patients. Munro will be among the first researchers in the U.S. to study such a system.

She and her team will study 178 critically ill and mechanically ventilated patients at Tampa General Hospital, also tracking their progress in the six months after they are discharged.

“People with delirium have a lot more trouble with recovery,” Munro said in a news release. “Their memory and their long-term quality of life is affected even after they’re discharged from the hospital. So, by doing this alteration to the environment, we’re hoping to help reduce delirium in the ICU, and improve patients’ lives when they go home.”

The $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Nursing Research will fund the four-year study. Munro will work with Ming Ji, professor in the nursing school, and Zhan Liang, assistant professor.

She will also work with two physicians from the Morsani College of Medicine’s Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine: Karel Calero, assistant professor, and W. Mcdowell Anderson, professor and director of Sleep Medicine.  

[Last modified: Monday, December 19, 2016 11:15am]


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