A practical program for preventing delirium in hospitalized elderly patients
Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MPH
Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine
Address: Sharon K Inouye, MD, MPH, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, 333 Cedar Street (DC013K), PO Box 208025, New Haven, CT 06520
This paper was adapted from a presentation given by Dr. Inouye as Visiting Professor Pro Tempore, Department of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University and The Cleveland Clinic Educational Foundation.
Medical Grand Rounds articles are approved by the author but are not peer-reviewed.
ABSTRACTDelirium in hospitalized elderly patients is common and often unrecognized (especially the hypoactive type), and can lead to serious complications. A systematic program can improve the rate of recognition of this problem and decrease its incidence, and is cost-effective.