Hospitals Try to Deal With ICU Delirium
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.”