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Crit Care Clin. 2013 Jan;29(1):51-65. doi: 10.1016/j.ccc.2012.10.007.

Preventing delirium in the intensive care unit.

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Division of Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN 37232, USA. nathan.brummel@vanderbilt.edu

Abstract

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.

PMID:
23182527
PMCID:
PMC3508697
DOI:
10.1016/j.ccc.2012.10.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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