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Delirium Morbidity

Şule Özbilgin, Volkan Hanc, Dilek Ömür, Mücahit Özbilgin, Mine Tosun, Serhan Yurtlu, Semih Küçükgüçlü, Atalay Arkan
The aim was to evaluate the nutritional situation of patients admitted to the Postoperative Acute Care Unit using classic methods of objective anthropometry, systemic evaluation methods, and Nutrition Risk in Critically Ill (NUTRIC) score, and to compare them as a predictor of morbidity and mortality.At admission to the postoperative care unit, patients undergoing various surgeries were assessed for the following items: Subjective Global Assessment (SGA), Nutritional Risk Index (NRI), Nutritional Risk Screening (NRS)-2002, Mini Nutritional Assessment (MNA), Charlson comorbidity index (CCI), and NUTRIC score, anthropometric measurements, serum total protein, serum albumin, and lymphocyte count...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Patrice Tremblay, Susan Gold
INTRODUCTION: Post-operative delirium (POD) is a serious surgical complication that can cause significant morbidity and mortality. It is associated with prolonged hospital stay, delayed admission to rehabilitation programs, persistent cognitive deficits, marked health-care costs, and more. The pathophysiology is multi-factorial and not completely understood, which complicates the optimal management. Non-pharmacological measures have been the mainstay of treatment, but there has been an ongoing interest in the medical literature on the prevention of post-operative delirium using medications...
September 2016: Canadian Geriatrics Journal: CGJ
Leslie S P Eide, Anette H Ranhoff, Bengt Fridlund, Rune Haaverstad, Karl Ove Hufthammer, Karel K J Kuiper, Jan Erik Nordrehaug, Tone M Norekvål
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether postoperative delirium predicts first-time readmissions and mortality in octogenarian patients within 180 days after aortic valve therapy with surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) or transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), and to determine the most common diagnoses at readmission. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study of patients undergoing elective SAVR or TAVI. SETTING: Tertiary university hospital that performs all SAVRs and TAVIs in Western Norway...
October 5, 2016: BMJ Open
Katarzyna Mazur, Krzysztof Wilczyński, Jan Szewieczek
BACKGROUND: Inpatient geriatric falls are a frequent complication of hospital care that results in significant morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate factors associated with falls in geriatric inpatients after implementation of the fall prevention program. METHODS: Prospective observational study comprised of 788 consecutive patients aged 79.5±7.6 years ( [Formula: see text] ± standard deviation) (66% women and 34% men) admitted to the subacute geriatric ward...
2016: Clinical Interventions in Aging
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
Jai Gon Seo, Sang Min Kim, Jung Min Shin, Youngjun Kim, Byung Hoon Lee
INTRODUCTION: Simultaneous bilateral total knee arthroplasty (TKA) has been associated with a high risk of morbidity and mortality. The orthopedic surgeon must, therefore, decide whether bilateral simultaneous TKA is a safe operation to perform and endeavor to decrease the risk of serious complications or even death. METHODS: This retrospective review included 2098 consecutive patients who underwent bilateral simultaneous TKAs by the protocol used in our institution, including the use of extramedullary instruments to minimize medullary canal invasion and overlapping procedures for both knees to decrease operation time...
November 2016: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
Craig Nolan, Lisa M DeAngelis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to provide a practical clinical approach to confusion in the patient with cancer. Confusion in the cancer population has a broader differential diagnosis than in the general medical population. The clinician must consider the usual differential diagnoses as well as causes unique to the cancer patient including direct complications from the cancer and indirect complications related to cancer treatment. RECENT FINDINGS: In the recent age of precision medicine, the oncologist now utilizes the genomic profile of both the patient and the tumor to provide advanced biologic therapies including targeted anticancer drugs, antiangiogenic agents, and immunotherapy...
September 26, 2016: Current Opinion in Neurology
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
Edel Hennessy, Shane Gormley, Ana Belen Lopez-Rodriguez, Caoimhe Murray, Carol Murray, Colm Cunningham
Inflammation influences chronic neurodegeneration but its precise roles are not yet clear. Systemic inflammation caused by infection, trauma or co-morbidity can alter the brain's inflammatory status, produce acute cognitive impairments, such as delirium, and drive new pathology and accelerated decline. Consistent with this, elevated systemic TNF-α is associated with more rapid cognitive decline over 6 months in Alzheimer's disease patients. In the current study we challenged normal animals and those with existing progressive neurodegeneration (ME7 prion disease) with TNF-α (i...
September 12, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
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
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
Chetan P Huded, Jill M Huded, Ranya N Sweis, Mark J Ricciardi, S Chris Malaisrie, Charles J Davidson, James D Flaherty
OBJECTIVES: We assessed whether post-operative delirium is associated with healthcare utilization and overall survival after trans-catheter aortic valve replacement. BACKGROUND: Delirium, a common syndrome among hospitalized older adults, is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. METHODS: We reviewed 294 transcatheter aortic valve replacement cases between June 2008 and February 2015 at a tertiary care academic medical center. Post-operative delirium was identified by confusion assessment method screening and clinician diagnosis...
August 27, 2016: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Koji Ishii, Tetsuji Makita, Hikoma Yamashita, Shoji Matsunaga, Daiji Akiyama, Kouko Toba, Katsumi Hara, Koji Sumikawa, Tetsuya Hara
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Postoperative delirium (POD) is a common complication of anesthesia. The incidence of POD in elderly patients ranges from 37% to 53%, and POD increases the morbidity and mortality of elderly patients. However, the effects of anesthetics on POD are not well known. The present study aimed to compare the incidence of POD resulting from propofol and sevoflurane anesthesia. DESIGN: Double-blind prospective study. SETTING: Operating room and postoperative recovery area...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
Mickael Vourc'h, Fanny Feuillet, Pierre-Joachim Mahe, Véronique Sebille, Karim Asehnoune
BACKGROUND: Alcohol is the leading psychoactive substance consumed in France, with about 15 million regular consumers. The National institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) considers alcohol abuse to be more than 14 units of alcohol a week for men and 7 units for women. The specific complication of alcoholism is the alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Its incidence reaches up to 30 % and its main complications are delirium tremens, restlessness, extended hospital stay, higher morbidity, and psychiatric and cognitive impairment...
August 19, 2016: Trials
Kieran Anthony Walsh, Niamh A O'Regan, Stephen Byrne, John Browne, David J Meagher, Suzanne Timmons
BACKGROUND: Neuropsychiatric Symptoms (NPS) are ubiquitous in dementia and are often treated pharmacologically. The objectives of this study were to describe the use of psychotropic, anti-cholinergic, and deliriogenic medications and to identify the prevalence of polypharmacy and psychotropic polypharmacy, among older hospitalized patients in Ireland, with and without dementia. METHODS: All older patients (≥ 70 years old) that had elective or emergency admissions to six Irish study hospitals were eligible for inclusion in a longitudinal observational study...
August 16, 2016: International Psychogeriatrics
Maung Hlaing
Patients undergoing aortic arch surgery are at high risk for stroke, delirium, low cardiac output, respiratory failure, renal failure, and coagulopathy. A significantly higher mortality is seen in patients experiencing any of these complications when compared with those without complications. As surgical, perfusion, and anesthetic techniques improve, the incidence of major complications have decreased. A recent paradigm shift in cardiac surgery has focused on rapid postoperative recovery, and a similar change has affected the care of patients after arch surgery...
August 5, 2016: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Mian Peng, Ce Zhang, Yuanlin Dong, Yiying Zhang, Harumasa Nakazawa, Masao Kaneki, Hui Zheng, Yuan Shen, Edward R Marcantonio, Zhongcong Xie
Postoperative delirium is associated with increased morbidity, mortality and cost. However, its neuropathogenesis remains largely unknown, partially owing to lack of animal model(s). We therefore set out to employ a battery of behavior tests, including natural and learned behavior, in mice to determine the effects of laparotomy under isoflurane anesthesia (Anesthesia/Surgery) on these behaviors. The mice were tested at 24 hours before and at 6, 9 and 24 hours after the Anesthesia/Surgery. Composite Z scores were calculated...
2016: Scientific Reports
Shea M Jorgensen, Ryan M Carnahan, Michelle T Weckmann
BACKGROUND: Delirium is common in home hospice patients and conveys significant morbidity to both patients and caregivers. The Delirium Observation Screening Scale (DOS) was developed to improve delirium recognition but has yet to be validated in the home hospice setting. OBJECTIVE: This pilot study aimed to explore the accuracy of the DOS for identifying delirium in home hospice patients. DESIGN: Prospective delirium evaluation using a convenience sample...
July 13, 2016: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Konstanze Plaschke, Katharina A Petersen, Susanne Frankenhauser, Markus A Weigand, Jürgen Kopitz, Hubert J Bardenheuer
CONTEXT: Delirium is an important complication in palliative care patients. One of the potential risk factors for cognitive disorders is deterioration in cholinergic neurotransmission. Anticholinergic medications are known to be important owing to the association of their metabolites with significant morbidity, which is often the result of cumulative effects of medications (anticholinergic burden). Additionally, cholinergic enzymes are possible candidates reflecting the cholinergic situation in patients...
July 9, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Elizabeth S John, Kristina Katz, Mark Saxena, Sita Chokhavatia, Seymour Katz
A substantial and growing proportion of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are elderly, and these patients require tailored treatment strategies. However, significant challenges exist in the management of this population due to the paucity of data. Establishing the initial diagnosis and assessing the etiology of future symptoms and flares can be challenging as several other prevalent diseases can masquerade as IBD, such as ischemic colitis, diverticular disease, and infectious colitis. Important pharmacologic considerations include reduced glomerular filtration rate and drug-drug interactions in the elderly...
September 2016: Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology
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