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Move to Hospital Isolation Unit Linked to Raised Delirium Risk
Date:12/21/2011

e, we hope clinicians will view a move to isolation as a marker for increased risk of delirium and take appropriate precautions," Day added.

The researchers said patients on contact precautions should be informed about the reasons for and the goals of the intervention in order to help them accept the situation. Health care workers need to monitor medications and do their best not to interrupt patients' sleep patterns, and isolation rooms should have clocks, calendars and other objects that can help prevent sensory deprivation among patients.

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The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about delirium.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, news release, Dec. 13, 2011


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