Morning Rounds: A look at hospital delirium

Posted at 11:52 AM, Jul 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-11 13:52:38-04

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Dr. Kasey Harbine talks about hospital delirium during the July 11th edition of Morning Rounds.

The Mayo Clinic has more information about hospital delirium on their website, including the following:

Delirium is a serious disturbance in mental abilities that results in confused thinking and reduced awareness of the environment. The start of delirium is usually rapid — within hours or a few days.

Delirium can often be traced to one or more contributing factors, such as a severe or chronic illness, changes in metabolic balance (such as low sodium), medication, infection, surgery, or alcohol or drug intoxication or withdrawal.

Because symptoms of delirium and dementia can be similar, input from a family member or caregiver may be important for a doctor to make an accurate diagnosis.