This meta-analysis of critically ill patients found significantly worse outcomes in those that experience delirium compared to those that do not, including higher mortality, more complications, longer vent duration, and longer ICU and hospital LOS (abstract). Continued efforts for prevention and early treatment of delirium is needed.
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.