An ambitious effort is underway to end “ICU delirium,” the sudden and intense confusion some patients experience in the unit and which often lasts long after discharge, reports STAT. Anywhere from a third to 80% of ICU patients are overcome by delirium during their visit to the ICU. Wes Ely, of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville was one of the first to call “ICU delirium” a problem.
STAT: “The ‘ICU Liberation Campaign,’ which Ely cochairs, is organized by the Society for Critical Care Medicine, a professional group for ICU clinicians. If it works, it’ll both improve patient outcomes and lower hospital costs.”