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Study: Delirium High After Therapeutic Hypothermia for Cardiac Arrest

2016 11 Jul

A retrospective study of a small group of patients treated with therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest found a high prevalence of delirium.The researchers reviewed the medical charts of patients treated in the cardiovascular intensive care unit (ICU) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Of 107 patients who survived... Read more

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Critical Care in Denmark

2016 11 Mar

Interview with Professor Ingrid EgerodProf. Ingrid Egerod, RN, MSN, PhD is an active critical care researcher who has focused on the wellbeing and recovery of intensive care patients during admission and recovery. Her particular areas of interest are sedation, mechanical ventilator weaning, patient experiences, family care, ICU diaries, ICU follow-up... Read more

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Earplugs Are Effective in Reducing Risk of Delirium

2016 25 Jan

A systematic review of the use of earplugs to reduce delirium in intensive care patients has found that they significantly reduce the risk of delirium. The review, by Edward Litton, Department of Intensive Care Medicine, St John of God Hospital Subiaco, Australia and colleagues is published in Critical Care Medicine. The review analysed data from 9... Read more

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Acute Brain Dysfunction During Critical Illness

2015 31 Dec

Delirium (acute brain dysfunction) can be a complication of critical illness.Brain organ dysfunction can manifest as a continuum of psychomotor behaviors that are categorised as hyperactive or hypoactive.Delirium can be diagnosed using validated and reliable bedside tools.Implementation of delirium monitoring can be enhanced by scheduled in-depth discussions... Read more

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Philips & the Charité–Universitätsmedizin Berlin Start Joint Research Program

2015 20 Nov

Philips and the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin start joint research program on non-pharmacological methods to prevent delirium in critical careClinical insights combined with innovative non-pharmacological delirium management solutions may help prevent or lessen delirium and help critical care patients recover fasterRoyal Philips (NYSE: PHG; AEX:... Read more

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Study: Patients' Experiences of Delirium

2015 11 Nov

Up to 90 percent of patients in the intensive care unit experience delirium and this can have a profound and lasting impact on them, according to a new study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC). The research aims to improve clinicians’ understanding of delirium and enable them to help their patients address... Read more

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Delirium in the ICU Linked to Fatal Outcomes

2015 08 Jun

A Johns Hopkins Medicine-led study shows that nearly 30 percent of all ICU patients develop delirium, a condition that prolongs hospital stays and significantly increases one’s risk of dying in the hospital. The findings are published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).Although intensive care teams have long been aware that a significant percentage... Read more

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Wake Up And Breathe Programme Shows Positive Results

2014 11 Dec

According to a new study, waking intensive care unit patients and having them breathe on their own decreased both sedation levels and coma prevalence. The research team from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Ageing Research also report that the Wake UP and Breathe programme showed a trend toward reduced delirium in critically... Read more

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Interventions Bundle Can Improve Sleep in the ICU

2014 08 Jul

Sleep deprivation in intensive care patients is common, and may be associated with delirium. A UK study recently published in Anaesthesia set out to find out if implementing a bundle of non-pharmacological interventions, including environmental noise and light reduction, led to improved sleep and reduced incidence of delirium. The care bundle was based... Read more

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Critical Illness Survivors at Risk of Psychiatric Diagnoses, Increased Medication Use

2014 19 Mar

Findings of a study published in the March 19 issue of JAMA show that following their hospital discharge, critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilation had a higher prevalence of prior psychiatric diagnoses and an increased risk of a new psychiatric diagnosis and medication use.As medical care advancements lead to a larger number of critical... Read more

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