Preventing delirium in the intensive care unit.

Brummel NE, Girard TD
Crit Care Clin. 2013 29 (1): 51-65

PMID: 23182527 · PMCID: PMC3508697 · DOI:10.1016/j.ccc.2012.10.007

Delirium in the intensive care unit (ICU) is exceedingly common, and risk factors for delirium among the critically ill are nearly ubiquitous. Addressing modifiable risk factors including sedation management, deliriogenic medications, immobility, and sleep disruption can help to prevent and reduce the duration of this deadly syndrome. The ABCDE approach to critical care is a bundled approach that clinicians can implement for many patients treated in their ICUs to prevent the adverse outcomes associated with delirium and critical illness.

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Analgesics, Opioid Antipsychotic Agents Chemoprevention Comorbidity Critical Illness Delirium Health Facility Environment Humans Hypnotics and Sedatives Immobilization Intensive Care Units Length of Stay Pain Pain Management Patient Isolation Respiration, Artificial Risk Factors Sleep Deprivation

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