Guidelines updated for postoperative delirium in geriatric patients



The American Geriatrics Society has released its new Clinical Practice Guideline for Postoperative Delirium in Older Adults, which the society hopes will enable health care professionals to improve delirium prevention and treatment through evidence-based measures.


Among the recommendations for treating delirium in geriatric postsurgical patients are nonpharmacologic interventions such as mobility and walking, avoiding physical restraints, and assuring adequate oxygen, fluids, and nutrition; pain management, preferably with nonopioid medications; and avoidance of certain medications such as antipsychotics, benzodiazepines, and cholinesterase inhibitors.

The guidelines are part of a larger package that includes patient resources, evidence tables and journal articles, and other companion public education materials, available on the AGS website.

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