In this large observational study of patients with Alzheimers, about half were admitted, and a quarter experienced delirium, within 18 months. Those who were admitted to the hospital and experienced delirium were 5 and 9 times more likely to die or be institutionalized, respectively, compared to those not hospitalized. Although speculative, early diagnosis and treatment of delirium may improve outcomes (death or institutionalization) in patients with Alzheimers (abstract)
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.