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A Review: Nursing of Intensive Care Unit Delirium

Fan, Yuying; Guo, Ying; Li, Qiujie; Zhu, Xuemei

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: December 2012 - Volume 44 - Issue 6 - p 307–316
doi: 10.1097/JNN.0b013e3182682f7f
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ABSTRACT The aim of this article was to review the current literature in relation to the nursing of intensive care unit (ICU) delirium. In particular, we discuss the definition and frequency, clinical features, risk factors, the adverse effects associated with instruments for assessing delirium, as well as prevention and nursing for delirium patients. Critically ill patients are at a greater risk of developing delirium, and delirium is a growing problem in the ICU. Most physicians and nurses regarded delirium as an inconvenient problem, both for patient and for personnel. Routine screening of all patients in the ICU for the presence of delirium is crucial to its successful management. Nurses are on the front line to detect, manage, and even prevent ICU delirium.

Yuying Fan, PhD, is an associate professor at the Department of College of Nursing, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China.

Ying Guo, BS, is a lecturer at the Second Affiliated Hospital, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China.

Qiujie Li, BS, is a professor at the Department of College of Nursing, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China.

Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Xuemei Zhu, MD, at vanavane@126.com. She is an associate professor at the Department of College of Nursing, Harbin Medical University, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

© 2012 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses