Postoperative Complications: Delirium

Steven Allen, Heidi L. Frankel

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Delirium is a common feature of the postoperative period, leading to increased morbidity and mortality and significant costs. Multiple factors predispose a patient to delirium in its hypoactive, hyperactive, or mixed forms. Tools have been validated for its quick and accurate identification to ensure timely and effective multidisciplinary intervention and treatment. A significant percentage of patients may require placement in skilled nursing facilities or similar care environments because of the long-lasting effects. The physician must be vigilant in the search for and identification of all forms of delirium and must effectively treat the underlying medical condition and symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-431
Number of pages23
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery


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