Journal article

Delirium in elderly general medical inpatients: a prospective study

RK Iseli, C Brand, M Telford, D LoGiudice

Internal Medicine Journal | WILEY | Published : 2007


BACKGROUND: More than 49% of all US hospital days are spent caring for patients with delirium. There are few Australian data on this important condition. The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence and incidence of delirium in older medical inpatients in a metropolitan teaching hospital, the incidence of known risk factors and current practice in identifying and managing patients at risk of this condition. METHODS: Patients aged 65 years or more, and admitted to a general medical unit, were eligible for study inclusion. Participants were screened with an Abbreviated Mental Test Score (AMTS) and chart review. Confusion Assessment Method was used to diagnose delirium if confusion was ..

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