Delirium in the ICU
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A condition once considered to be a normal issue during hospitalization is getting a lot of attention over the past two decades because some say it may be completely preventable.
The sudden form of organ failure known as delirium in the ICU is characterized by “up and down” levels of consciousness and periods of inattention and confusion. Delirium complicates up to 11% of emergency department visits, 33% of hospitalizations, and 70% of intensive care unit stays.
Dr. Biren Kamdar, Assistant Professor of Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at UC San Diego, was in studio to discuss how it can be prevented.