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Severity delirium

E C F Wagenaar, P van Wijngaarden, C M Verduin, D Beelen, R W van Etten
Staphylococcus lugdunensis (SL) is a species belonging to the group of coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS). It can cause severe infections such as endocarditis. Three cases of endocarditis caused by SL are presented. The first case describes a 71-year-old man with a fever and endogenous endophthalmitis. The second case describes delirium in an 87-year-old woman, thought to be due to pneumonia. The third case describes a 76-year-old man with an infection of unknown origin. In all cases, the first blood cultures drawn were positive for CNS and considered to be contaminated...
2016: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
Ian Brockington
In addition to bipolar cycloid episodes, infective delirium and eclamptic psychosis, each of which has characteristic clinical features and course, brief episodes of delirium and stupor are also seen in the immediate aftermath of parturition. Several mothers have had similar episodes developing later in the first 10 days, and some have cyclical disorders with an unusual time base. Bipolar/cycloid disorders can start on day 1 or even earlier.
October 16, 2016: Archives of Women's Mental Health
Charles H Brown, Andrew LaFlam, Laura Max, Julie Wyrobek, Karin J Neufeld, Khaled M Kebaish, David B Cohen, Jeremy D Walston, Charles W Hogue, Lee H Riley
OBJECTIVES: To characterize the incidence, risk factors, and consequences of delirium in older adults undergoing spine surgery. DESIGN: Prospective observational study. SETTING: Academic medical center. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals aged 70 and older undergoing spine surgery (N = 89). MEASUREMENTS: Postoperative delirium and delirium severity were assessed using validated methods, including the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM), CAM for the Intensive Care Unit, Delirium Rating Scale-Revised-98, and chart review...
October 3, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Shelly L Gray, Joseph T Hanlon
Use of medications with anticholinergic activity is widespread in older adults. Several studies have highlighted that anticholinergic use may be associated with an increased risk of dementia. The objective of this narrative review is to describe and evaluate studies of anticholinergic medication use and dementia and provide practical suggestions for avoiding use of these medications in older adults. A comprehensive review of the literature, citations from recent reviews and the author's personal files was conducted...
October 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety
Champa Ranasinghe, Aisling Fleury, Nancye M Peel, Ruth E Hubbard
BACKGROUND: A consequence of pressure on hospitals to accommodate care needs of older patients is "boarding" or out-lying from their home ward. This may have greater adverse effects on older inpatients who are frail. METHODS: A retrospective matched cohort study was conducted in an outer metropolitan general hospital. Randomly selected patients hospitalized between July 2012 and June 2013 under the care of an Older Person Evaluation Review and Assessment (OPERA) team (n = 300) were age and sex matched with patients under the care of general physicians (n = 300)...
October 3, 2016: International Psychogeriatrics
Udo Bonnet, Claudia Selle, Ralf Kuhlmann
We report the case study of a 57-year-old Caucasian female with steroid-responsive encephalopathy associated with autoimmune thyroiditis (SREAT), commonly termed Hashimoto encephalopathy (HE). This presentation includes one of the longest lasting follow-up studies of HE considering the neuropsychiatric symptoms (here delirium, mania, and EEG-slowing) and their relation to serum autoantibody levels. Antithyroid-peroxidase autoantibodies, the hallmark of autoimmune thyroiditis, were found in the serum and also in the cerebrospinal fluid...
2016: Case Reports in Psychiatry
Matthew Umholtz, John Cilnyk, Christopher K Wang, Jahan Porhomayon, Leili Pourafkari, Nader D Nader
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Recovery from anesthesia may be complicated with development of severe panic symptoms and anxiety. Preexisting anxiety disorder has been reported as a risk factor for development of these symptoms. We aimed to examine the frequency of emergence delirium (EDL) among veterans diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorders (PTSDs). DESIGN: Retrospective cohort. SETTING: Postoperative recovery area. PATIENTS: Perioperative information of 1763 consecutive patients who underwent a surgical procedure requiring general anesthesia were collected...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Wayne Varndell, Margaret Fry, Doug Elliott
AIM: This systematic review examined the psychometric properties and suitability of the available observational pain instruments for potential use with nonverbal critically ill adult patients in the emergency department. BACKGROUND: In the emergency department assessing pain in critically ill patients is challenging, especially those unable to communicate the presence of pain. Critically ill patients are commonly unable to verbally communicate pain due to altered oral communication (e...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Satomi Mori, Juliana Rumy Tsuchihashi Takeda, Fernanda Souza Angotti Carrara, Cibelli Rizzo Cohrs, Suely Sueko Viski Zanei, Iveth Yamaguchi Whitaker
OBJECTIVES: To identify the incidence of delirium, compare the demographic and clinical characteristics of patients with and without delirium, and verify factors related to delirium in critical care patients. METHOD: Prospective cohort with a sample made up of patients hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a university hospital. Demographic, clinical variables and evaluation with the Confusion Assessment Method for Intensive Care Unit to identify delirium were processed to the univariate analysis and logistic regression to identify factors related to the occurrence of delirium...
July 2016: Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da U S P
Sandeep Grover, Sudhir Mahajan, Subho Chakrabarti, Ajit Avasthi
AIM: To evaluate the effectiveness of quetiapine and haloperidol in patients of delirium referred to psychiatry consultation liaison services. METHODS: The study followed a single blind randomised controlled trial design. Thirty-two patients in the haloperidol group and 31 patients in the quetiapine group were assessed at the baseline and 6 consecutive days. Flexible dosing regimen (haloperidol: 0.25-1.25 mg; quetiapine 12.5-75 mg/d) was used. Delirium Rating Scale-Revised-98 (DRS-R-98) and mini mental status examination (MMSE) were the primary and secondary efficacy measures respectively...
September 22, 2016: World Journal of Psychiatry
Anne Lingford-Hughes, Yash Patel, Owen Bowden-Jones, Mike J Crawford, Paul I Dargan, Fabiana Gordon, Steve Parrott, Tim Weaver, David M Wood
BACKGROUND: GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) and its pro-drugs GBL (gamma-butyrolactone) and 1,4-butanediol (1,4-BD) are central nervous system depressants whose street names include 'G' and 'liquid ecstasy'. They are used recreationally predominately for their stimulant and pro-sexual effects or for sedation to help with sleep and/or to 'come down' after using stimulant recreational drugs. Although overall population prevalence is low (0.1 %), in some groups such as men who have sex with men, GHB/GBL use may reach 20 %...
September 27, 2016: Trials
Lisa J Rosenthal, Brandon A Francis, Jennifer L Beaumont, David Cella, Michael D Berman, Matthew B Maas, Eric M Liotta, Robert Askew, Andrew M Naidech
BACKGROUND: Delirium predicts higher long-term cognitive morbidity. We previously identified a cohort of patients with spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage and delirium and found worse outcomes in health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in the domain of cognitive function. OBJECTIVE: We tested the hypothesis that agitation would have additional prognostic significance on later cognitive function HRQoL. METHODS: Prospective identification of 174 patients with acute intracerebral hemorrhage, measuring stroke severity, agitation, and delirium, with a standardized protocol and measures...
August 5, 2016: Psychosomatics
Evelyn A Álvarez, Maricel A Garrido, Eduardo A Tobar, Stephanie A Prieto, Sebastian O Vergara, Constanza D Briceño, Francisco J González
PURPOSE: Delirium has negative consequences such as increased mortality, hospital expenses and decreased cognitive and functional status. This research aims to determine the impact of occupational therapy intervention in duration, incidence and severity of delirium in elderly patients in the intensive care unit; secondary outcome was to assess functionality at hospital discharge. METHODS: This is a pilot randomized clinical trial of patients without mechanical ventilation for 60 years...
September 10, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
J Amblàs-Novellas, S A Murray, J Espaulella, J C Martori, R Oller, M Martinez-Muñoz, N Molist, C Blay, X Gómez-Batiste
OBJECTIVES: 2 innovative concepts have lately been developed to radically improve the care of patients with advanced chronic conditions (PACC): early identification of palliative care (PC) needs and the 3 end-of-life trajectories in chronic illnesses (acute, intermittent and gradual dwindling). It is not clear (1) what indicators work best for this early identification and (2) if specific clinical indicators exist for each of these trajectories. The objectives of this study are to explore these 2 issues...
September 19, 2016: BMJ Open
Emma My Tay, Robert I Graham, Richard O Day
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 19, 2016: Medical Journal of Australia
Joel Norton, Christine Hymers, Penelope Stein, Joanne May Jenkins, Duncan Bew
BACKGROUND: Acute porphyria is historically known as "the little imitator" in reference to its reputation as a notoriously difficult diagnosis. Variegate porphyria is one of the four acute porphyrias, and can present with both blistering cutaneous lesions and acute neurovisceral attacks involving abdominal pain, neuropsychiatric features, neuropathy, hyponatremia, and a vast array of other nonspecific clinical features. CASE REPORT: A 40-year-old man presented to the Emergency Department (ED) as a major trauma call, having been found in an "acutely confused state" surrounded by broken glass...
September 10, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Leili Pourafkari, Nader D Nader, Jahan Porhomayon
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
J W Raats, S L Steunenberg, D C de Lange, L van der Laan
BACKGROUND: Postoperative delirium is a common and serious adverse event in the elderly patient and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. It is of great importance to identify patients at risk for delirium, in order to focus preventive strategies. The aim of this article is to systematically review current available literature on pre-operative risk factors for delirium after vascular surgery. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted using PubMed and EMBASE, using the MeSH terms and key words "delirium", "surgery" and "risk factor"...
September 6, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
Omar Shamieh, Odai Khamash, Mustafa Khraisat, Omar Jbouri, Mohammad Awni, Abdulrahman Al-Hawamdeh, Ghadeer Arja, Sawsan Ajarmeh, Dalia Al-Rimawi, David Hui
PURPOSE: Outpatient palliative care clinics are essential for early symptom management in patients with advanced cancer. Few outpatient programs are available in the Middle East. In this prospective study, we examined the symptom changes among cancer patients seen at a palliative care clinic in Jordan. METHODS: Patients with advanced cancer who had an outpatient palliative care consultation and not delirious were enrolled. The Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS), Karnofsky Performance Scale (KPS), and Memorial Delirium Assessment Scale (MDAS) were collected at consultation and follow up visit 14-34 days later...
September 7, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Ravi S Bhat, Kenneth Rockwood
Delirium is common and is commonly misdiagnosed, chiefly in being missed (Bhat and Rockwood, 2007). The consequences of misdiagnosis are often severe and wide ranging, affecting patients, caregivers, health professionals, and hospitals (Inouye et al., 2014). Many an older hospitalized person with delirium is trapped in the interface between psychiatry and the rest of medicine, and can too easily be caught in the tendentious battles between treating teams. Both researchers and policymakers have sought to improve this unacceptable state of affairs (Young et al...
October 2016: International Psychogeriatrics
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