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Postoperative Delirium in Elderly Patients

Brooks, Paula Beth MSN, RNFA, DNP, FNP-BC

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: September 2012 - Volume 112 - Issue 9 - p 38–49
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000418922.53224.36
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Overview: Nearly 40% of all surgeries in the United States are performed on adults ages 65 and older. One of the most common surgical complications in this population is postoperative delirium, which is associated with extended lengths of stay, higher patient care costs, increased morbidity, and greater risk of death. This review evaluates risk factors for postoperative delirium in elderly patients, discusses screening and assessment instruments, and examines intervention strategies.

This review evaluates risk factors for postoperative delirium in elderly patients, discusses screening and assessment instruments, and examines intervention strategies.

Paula Beth Brooks is a surgical NP at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, MA. Contact author: paula.brooks@comcast.net. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.