Delirium is Under-Diagnosed and Can Be Lethal

Patients with undetected delirium discharged from the emergency department prematurely have significantly higher mortality rates six months later.

An estimated one to two million older adults with delirium visit hospital emergency departments in the U.S. annually. Yet a recent study (Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, June 25) suggests that about two-thirds of delirium cases are unrecognized by emergency department clinicians. In the study, those patients with undetected delirium who […]

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