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Delirium types, causes and signs – and how to manage the risk

Tips on recognising this common medical emergency and reducing post-operative risk

Tips on recognising this common medical emergency and reducing risk, especially in the post-operative period

Delirium is one of the most common medical emergencies, but it is not always understood or identified quickly.

The condition brings on a worsening or change in a person’s mental state that happens suddenly, over 1-2 days. The person may become acutely confused, experience hallucinations and struggle to focus, or may become sleepy and drowsy.

How prevalent is post-operative delirium?

Delirium is a common condition, not just among those who have undergone surgery, and around 20% of adults in hospital experience delirium .

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The increase in mortality rate for every 48 hours

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