Delirium in older cardiac surgery patients directions for practice

Sean Clarke, Marion E. McRae, Sandra Del Signore, Maria Schubert, Rima Styra

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Abstract

Delirium affects approximately 20% to 25% of patients undergoing cardiac surgery and is particularly common in older adults. This article reviews the etiology and risk factors for delirium associated with cardiac surgery in older adults. Delirium screening, prevention, and treatment strategies, including both pharmacological and nonpharmacological therapies, are presented. Interventions appropriate in both the intensive care unit and ward settings after cardiac surgery are outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)34-45
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Gerontological Nursing
Volume36
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

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Delirium in older cardiac surgery patients directions for practice. / Clarke, Sean; McRae, Marion E.; Del Signore, Sandra; Schubert, Maria; Styra, Rima.

In: Journal of Gerontological Nursing, Vol. 36, No. 11, 01.01.2010, p. 34-45.

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Clarke, Sean ; McRae, Marion E. ; Del Signore, Sandra ; Schubert, Maria ; Styra, Rima. / Delirium in older cardiac surgery patients directions for practice. In: Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 2010 ; Vol. 36, No. 11. pp. 34-45.
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