Unfortunately, although delirium is common in the general hospital, the diagnosis is frequently missed. As delirium often indicates a serious, sometimes life-threatening, medical or surgical condition, successful management and subsequent prevention of morbidity and mortality require prompt recognition and early intervention. Failure to recognize, diagnose, and treat delirium and the underlying pathology can result in death. This article presents current thinking on the management of delirium and related agitation in the general medical hospital.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)473-478
Number of pages6
JournalDelaware medical journal
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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