Post-operative-Delirium-in-Older-Adults
Challenge 18
Post-operative Delirium in Older Adults

Delirium is a condition of acute cerebral dysfunction and maybe seen in the early postoperative period or in the ICU patient. It occurs frequently in elderly patients and the diagnosis is missed as hypoactivity occurs in the majority of patients, but in some patients, it is hyperactivity and needs immediate intervention. It is predictive of cognitive decline, longer time in the hospital, and increased mortality. Recent studies have demonstrated a signature of dementia on EEG that may open doors to early diagnosis, etiology, treatment and prevention. The PSMF has taken this on as its latest challenge to save lives.

Executive summary checklist

Delirium in elderly patients following anesthesia and surgery is frequent, often undiagnosed and a significant source of short and long-term morbidity and mortality, and increased cost of care [1]. It is important to ensure that older patients and their carers are informed about risks of delirium and how it may
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