What care is needed following treatment of delirium?

Updated: Apr 25, 2019
  • Author: Kannayiram Alagiakrishnan, MD, MBBS, MPH, MHA; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Following recovery, patient's memories of events of the delirium are variable. Be sure to educate the patient, family, and primary caregivers about future risk factors.

It is not unusual for patients who are elderly to require 6-8 weeks or longer for full recovery. In particular, elderly patients with postacute care complications are at risk for prolonged and persistent delirium. [43]


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