Delirium, common and costly

In this multi-center evaluation of mechanically ventilated ICU patients (trauma/surgical), with a median age of only 50 years, almost 2/3 developed delirium. Delirious patients stayed longer in the ICU (10 vs 5 days) and in the hospital (19 vs 12 days). Delirium is both common and costly, and preventive measures are essential (abstract).

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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