- Delirium in the ICU is associated with increased hospital length of stay with cognitive impairment, and even with death.
- Delirium may go undetected in many of our hospitalized patients or be assumed to be part of the ordinary course of the disease.
- However, in this study, they found that family administered delirium detection has high sensitivity and being able to detect delirium.
- Unfortunately, it has a low selectivity, which means that we’re able to find more patients who have delirium present, but we’re going to have a bunch of false positives.
- While family detected delirium is highly sensitive, nurses still will need to validate the findings of the family.
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Fiest, K. M., Krewulak, K. D., Ely, E. W., Davidson, J. E., Ismail, Z., Sept, B. G., & Stelfox, H. T. (2020). Partnering With Family Members to Detect Delirium in Critically Ill Patients. Critical Care Medicine, Publish Ah(7). https://doi.org/10.1097/ccm.0000000000004367