Navigation Links
Common Sense Approaches May Stem ICU Delirium
Date:2/22/2013

FRIDAY, Feb. 22 (HealthDay News) -- A few simple steps can help patients in the intensive care unit sleep better and reduce their risk of delirium, according to a new study.

Lack of sleep can cause delirium, which can lead to short- and long-term confusion and memory problems, explained the researchers from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

The study involved implementing measures to reduce ICU patients' exposure to night-time noise, light and staff interruptions, and stopping certain medications for insomnia.

"With our interventions, we were able to improve a patient's odds of being free of delirium in the ICU by 54 percent, even after taking into account the diagnosis, need for mechanical ventilation, age and other factors," Dr. Biren Kamdar, a pulmonary and critical care fellow who led the initiative, said in a university news release.

"In addition, many patients said that the ICU was quiet and comfortable enough for them to get a good night's sleep," Kamdar said.

The study appears online and in the March print issue of the journal Critical Care Medicine.

The measures used to help patients get a better night's sleep included: turning off televisions and room and hallway lights; minimizing unnecessary medical-equipment alarms; safely reducing the number of staff visits to patient rooms overnight for giving medications and drawing blood; offering patients eye masks, ear plugs and tranquil music; and reducing the use of commonly prescribed sleep drugs known to cause delirium.

"Delirium is a syndrome of confused thinking and lack of attention," study senior author Dr. Dale Needham, an associate professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine, said in the news release. "It typically comes on quickly with illness, and it's a marker for the health of the brain."

"We put together a common-sense approach to change how care is provided to see if by improving sleep, we could reduce patients' confused thinking, and it was effective," Needham noted.

More information

The MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia has more about delirium.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Medicine, news release, Feb. 20, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Texting in College Classrooms Common, Distracting
2. Recovery from propofol anesthesia may be sped by use of common stimulant
3. Long-term neuropsychological impairment is common in acute lung injury survivors
4. Overuse Injuries Common Among Female College Athletes
5. Common Blood Pressure Drug Safe for Heart Failure: Study
6. Test links strains of common parasite to severe illness in US newborns
7. Common Plastics Chemical Might Boost Diabetes Risk
8. Off-Label Drug Use Appears Common
9. Global, common approach to pharmaceutical supply chain integrity the focus of workshop
10. Slow-growing babies more likely in normal-weight women; Less common in obese pregnancies
11. Common Blood Pressure Drugs May Not Cut Colon Cancer Risk
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Common Sense Approaches May Stem ICU Delirium
(Date:6/26/2017)... ... 26, 2017 , ... New patients with missing teeth in Fitchburg, ... a referral. Dr. Cotey is a trusted dentist who has placed many dental implants ... Patients with missing teeth in Fitchburg, WI, are encouraged to find out if they ...
(Date:6/25/2017)... ... June 24, 2017 , ... Create a feel-good lyric music video in Final Cut Pro X ... the timeline and write in the lyrics to any song. ProLyric flies in the text ... of the text can be added modularly for optimal control. ProLyric makes editing any music ...
(Date:6/25/2017)... ... 25, 2017 , ... An increase in wetter weather in the Northern California ... with that; a humdinger of an allergy season. A relief from drought conditions is ... misery-causing grass and weed pollen. , “Our patients have been reporting the typical ...
(Date:6/25/2017)... ... ... With a heatwave currently bearing down on Northern California pushing temperatures to the maximum, many ... is easy with laser hair removal. , The process of summer waxing and constantly ... all you want to do is get out, dive in and cool off. There is ...
(Date:6/24/2017)... , ... June 24, 2017 , ... ... offering genetic testing for medications in select Florida and Texas doctors' offices and ... , This new application of genetic testing recognizes the role genes play in ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/8/2017)... Fla. , June 8, 2017  Less than ... that hit more than 200,000 companies, including hospital networks, ... being heralded as one of the largest online extortion ... in the healthcare market, it is imperative that providers ... protect their data from this — and many other ...
(Date:6/7/2017)... June 7, 2017 Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ... 2017, the Hon. Joseph R. Goodwin , U.S. ... West Virginia , entered a case management ... Repair System Products Liability Litigation (the "MDL") that includes ... to provide expert disclosures on specific causation within one ...
(Date:6/5/2017)... 2017 The Cincinnati location ... Inc. (NYSE: DPLO), has been awarded a Top Workplaces ... Results are based on an employee survey administered by ... workplace improvement. The survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: