What is included in inpatient care for delirium?

Updated: Sep 19, 2018
  • Author: Richard D Shin, MD; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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Conversely, inpatient and ICU prevention and management of delirium should strive to avoid or minimize use of sedating medications. These medications increase confusion, reduce attentiveness, impair orientation and thereby cause or exacerbate delirium. A prospective study of ICU patients, for example, found that lorazepam sedation increased the risk of delirium by 20%. [17] Most cases of delirium are helped by reassuring, compassionate human contact—particularly by those with whom the patient is familiar.


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