Strategies to Prevent Delirium in ICU
American Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience
Volume 5, Issue 6-1, November 2017, Pages: 13-13
Received: Oct. 10, 2017; Accepted: Oct. 12, 2017; Published: Oct. 13, 2017
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Mary-Nicoleta Lupu, Department of Clinic Surgery, Dunarea de Jos University, Galati, Romania
Alexandru Bogdan Ciubară, Department of Morphological and Functional Sciences, Dunarea de Jos University, Galati, Romania
Mădălina-Nina Sandu, Departament of Intensive Care “Sf. Ap. Andrei” Hospital, Galati, Romania
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Delirium confusion state is a serious problem common in ICU especially in elderly patients (> 65 years), which can cause cognitive dysfunction in the short term and long term, increase the number of days of hospitalization worsening evolution, increasing the number of complications, and the levels of morbidity and mortality. The most important risk factors which determine the delirium are considered: visual disturbances, severe illness (pneumonia, chronic lung disease, congestive heart failure, unbalanced diabetes, cerebrovascular disease, etc.), cognitive impairment or dementia, dehydration, lack of sleep, impaired hearing. Numerous studies have shown that delirium prevention is more effective than treating it, stressing the importance of recognizing delirium assessment and staff training for its diagnosis. The implementation of such measures in intensive care units may help improve patient outcomes, shorten the stay in intensive care after discharge, avoiding the occurrence of disability.
Delirium, Blurred Vision, Severe Disease, Cognitive Impairment, Dehydration, Lack of Sleep, Impaired Hearing, Prevention
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Mary-Nicoleta Lupu, Alexandru Bogdan Ciubară, Mădălina-Nina Sandu, Strategies to Prevent Delirium in ICU, American Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience. Special Issue: “In and out of Your Mind” Abstracts of 1st Eastern European Conference of Mental Health. Vol. 5, No. 6-1, 2017, pp. 13-13. doi: 10.11648/j.ajpn.s.2017050601.23
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