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Perspectives on Safety > Perspective
Quality and Safety Challenges in Critical Care: Preventing and Treating Delirium in the Intensive Care Unit
with commentary by Eduard E. Vasilevskis, MD; E. Wesley Ely, MD, MPH; Robert S. Dittus, MD, MPH, Delirium as a Safety Target, December 2012
This piece details a number of evidenced-based practices to help detect, prevent, and treat delirium, which is now seen as a patient safety hazard.
Journal Article > Study
Vasilevskis EE, Ely EW, Speroff T, Pun BT, Boehm L, Dittus RS. Chest. 2010;138:1224-1233.
This commentary presents a structured approach to identifying and preventing two common complications of intensive care, delirium and critical illness myopathy.
Cases & Commentaries
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James L. Rudolph, MD, SM; May 2009
An elderly woman hospitalized for pneumonia becomes disoriented during hospitalization. Even though the patient was never confused at baseline, doctors attribute it to "senile dementia" and place her in restraints.