What is it about?

We conducted a prospective study of 179 consecutive patients, who underwent open-heart surgical operation and were admitted to the CICU of a general tertiary hospital in Athens, Greece. The patients were screened for delirium by using the diagnostic tools of Richmond Agitation Sedation Scale (RASS score) and the Confusion Assessment Method – ICU (CAM-ICU). The delirium assessment was carried out on the 1st and the 2nd postoperative day, and was conducted twice every nursing shift.

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Why is it important?

This study is important from the nursing perspective in the Cardiac Surgery ICU, as it will help us improve our awareness on the iminent clinical signs and characteristics of patients who are about to develop delirium in the Unit postoperatively

Perspectives

Our efforts to build a diagnostic tool which will enable us to predict which of the patients postoperatively will present delirium complications are still ongoing and we have long way to make yet

Mr Stavros Theologou
Evangelismos Hospital

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This page is a summary of: Perioperative predictors of delirium and incidence factors in adult patients post cardiac surgery, Pragmatic and Observational Research, May 2018, Dove Medical Press, DOI: 10.2147/por.s157909.
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