Researchers in the Netherlands performed a prospective multicenter study at 10 ICUs to see how well the test would identify delirium in a real-life setting. ... A total of 282 patients were assessed by 15 delirium experts between April 2009 and April 2010
A simple model outperforms clinicians at predicting which intensive care unit (ICU) patients are likely to develop delirium during their ICU stay, a study found. ... The optimal cut-off point of the model and the most effective delirium preventive
The prevalence of delirium in most studies of mechanically ventilated patients is between 50% and 80%. ... Specifically, a head CT scan and metabolic profile will not establish the diagnosis of delirium as effectively as CAM-ICU.
Poorly recognized, delirium affects as many as 30% of inpatients, yet it can be prevented in about one-third of at-risk patients, the article said. ... Recommended interventions to prevent delirium include:. Ensure those at risk of delirium are cared for
Statin treatment may be associated with lower delirium risk in critically ill patients, according to a recent study. ... The authors hypothesized that the anti-inflammatory effect of statins may be related to a decrease in delirium risk.
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dosage were independently associated with delirium, coma and more time on mechanical ventilation. ... Delirium was present on 33% of patient-days and coma was present on 42% of patient-days.
But the effects on other outcomes (e.g., length of stay, incidence of delirium, frequency of readmission) must be explored, the editorialists said.
They noted that some of the codes included in the score were associated with acute conditions such as aspiration pneumonia and delirium, but others were less obviously connected to frailty.
In addition, some patients weren't surveyed because they had delirium or cognitive problems or were asleep when the questionnaires were distributed.