Approach to the Elderly Patient with Delirium: The Intensive Care Specialist’s Perspective



Delirium in the intensive care unit is a common syndrome and has detrimental effects on morbidity, mortality, cost, length of mechanical ventilation, length of intensive care unit and hospital stay, and cognitive functions in the elderly patients. Preventing delirium is more feasible than treatment. Identifying the patients who are at risk for developing delirium and screening the patients for delirium with a valid screening tool in the intensive care unit are important steps to combat delirium. Management of pain, rational use of sedo-analgesia, improving sleep quality, early mobilization, daily sedation interruption, awakening and protocolized weaning trials, and modifying the preventable risk factors related with delirium will improve outcomes of elderly patient in intensive care units.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical Intensive Care Unit, School of MedicineDokuz Eylül UniversityIzmirTurkey

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