Navigation Links
Study finds delirium after stroke linked to poorer outcomes for patients
Date:1/19/2012

TORONTO, Ont. Jan. 19, 2012Up to 30 per cent of patients hospitalized after a stroke develop delirium, according to a new study from St. Michael's Hospital.

Researchers found patients who experience delirium after stroke are five times more likely to die, and are more likely to be discharged to a long-term care facility, nursing home or have a longer stay in hospital.

"Early recognition and prevention of delirium are important for a quick recovery, better quality of life and timely discharge for patients who have suffered a stroke," said Dr. Gustavo Saposnik, lead author of the paper and director of the Stroke Outcomes Research Centre at the hospital.

Saposnik and colleagues analyzed 10 studies that looked at the four common outcomes in over 2000 patients with delirium inpatient and 12-month death rates, length of hospital stay and care arrangements after discharge.

Unlike dementia a chronic, progressive mental disorientation delirium is an acute, sudden state of confusion is often marked by lack of attention, disorientation, and sometimes hallucination.

Patients can become delirious at any time after a stroke, however when it occurs seven to 10 days later it is commonly related to a complication such as a respiratory or urinary infection, instead of as part of the stroke's effects.

Recognizing the associated risk factors such as age, severity of stroke, infections, narcotic use, lack of oxygen and cognitive impairment can help clinicians identify initial signs of delirium and use early interventions.

The paper is published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Saposnik said this research aims to encourage early detection and intervention to improve outcomes for patients and families, but further research is needed to understand the most effective interventions.

St. Michael's Hospital has developed the Delirium Prevention Program (DPP) to reduce the occurrence of delirium especially in elderly patients and to improve patients' experience.

The DPP is a multi-disciplinary team approach that uses simple strategies in everyday care to help keep patients oriented. Clocks have been installed in every patient's room along with whiteboards, on which the date is written daily; Lights on the orthopedic unit and overhead paging systems are turned off at night to minimize confusion over time of day; and blinds are opened daily so patients have natural light rhythms.


'/>"/>

Contact: Kate Taylor
TaylorKa@smh.ca
St. Michael's Hospital
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Study finds patients receive half of recommended preventive health services at annual check-ups
2. Study Hints That Statins Might Fight Breast Cancer
3. VCU study suggests antimicrobial scrubs may reduce bacteria
4. Narrowed Artery Condition Often Goes Undiagnosed: Study
5. Some Women Can Go Longer Between Bone Checks: Study
6. Study reveals mechanism of lung-cancer drug resistance
7. Study finds potential key to immune suppression in cancer
8. The Pill Can Help Ease Period Pain, Study Finds
9. University of Maryland study: Headphone-distracted pedestrians face death, serious injury
10. Study reveals origins of esophageal cancer
11. Researchers study how chemicals in drugs and around us impact stem cells
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/8/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... accreditation with distinction by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), the leading ... advanced care and patient safety. Only a few hospitals and facilities have earned ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... 08, 2016 , ... Mirixa Corporation , a leading ... pharmacist-delivered patient care services, has announced the promotions of Karen Litsinger to senior ... of sales. , Litsinger joined Mirixa in 2008 after serving as a ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... SunView ... customers and employees that are both engaging and easy to use. Coming off ... the software company revealed today its plans to roll out new AI-powered self-service ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , ... December 08, 2016 , ... California Senate Bill ... payments per workers’ compensation claim in 2013 and 2014, according to CompScope™ Medical ... Institute (WCRI) . , According to the study, medical payments per claim in California ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... The Dianne Michael Insurance ... in Hamilton County, is embarking on a charity drive with the aim of ... homes for orphaned or neglected senior dogs in the Cincinnati region, and LuvFurMutts ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/9/2016)... Dec. 9, 2016  Forge Therapeutics, Inc. today ... Stock Exchange: EVT, TecDAX, ISIN: DE0005664809) to advance ... the treatment of bacterial infections including those caused ... as an attractive antibacterial target for more than ... suitable chemical starting points has hampered its progress. ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , Dec. 8, 2016 Australia Ophthalmic ... new report, "Australia Ophthalmic Lasers Market Outlook to 2022", ... market. The report provides value, in millions of US ... market segements - Excimer Lasers, Femtosecond Lasers and YAG ... distribution shares data for each of these market segements, ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Dec. 8, 2016 KEY FINDINGS ... Patient warming ... of blood during surgeries, lowering the risks of neurological disorders ... of SSIs. The patient warming systems can be segmented into ... benefits in turn reduce the stay at hospitals thus, lowering ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: