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Advancing delirium care through research
Date:2/24/2011

esearch director of the Indianapolis Discovery Network for Dementia and of the Healthy Aging Brain Center. A geriatrician who has published several research studies on delirium in hospitalized older adults, he is president-elect of the ADS and assumes presidency of the organization at the inaugural meeting.

"Since delirium affects older patients in the ICU, hospital, rehabilitation units and nursing homes, it needs to be monitored like other vital signs. A system should be put in place so that monitoring is routine for older patients," said ADS president James Rudolph, M.D., of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

For vulnerable older adults developing a urinary tract infection or taking an over-the-counter drug with anti-cholinergic effects (including many popular brands of sleeping pills) may lead to delirium. Less vulnerable individuals may require a more major insult, such as a stroke or heart attack, to trigger delirium.


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Contact: Cindy Fox Aisen
caisen@iupui.edu
317-274-7722
Indiana University School of Medicine
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