Delirium Affects Seven Million Hospitalized Americans Annually

The Kaiser Health News (6/3, Boodman) reports on “the consequences of delirium, a sudden disruption of consciousness and cognition marked by vivid hallucinations, delusions and an inability to focus that affects seven million hospitalized Americans” each year. The condition which “disproportionately affects” seniors, can also affect intensive care unit patients of any age “who are heavily sedated and on ventilators.” The cognitive effects of delirium may last for months and leave patients with post-traumatic stress disorder.

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— “For Many Patients, Delirium Is A Surprising Side Effect Of Being In The Hospital,” Sandra G. Boodman, Kaiser Health News, June 2, 2015.

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