ICU Delirium - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Simi Paknikar
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Simi Paknikar, MD
Last Updated on Dec 30, 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor treats ICU delirium?

Treatment of ICU delirium usually requires a multidisciplinary approach. It is treated jointly by an intensivist and a psychiatrist.

2. Is delirium common in the ICU?

Delirium is extremely common in the ICU due to the environment in the ICU. Two out of every three patients admitted in ICU suffer from delirium.

3. Is ICU Delirium life-threatening?

Yes, ICU delirium is a predictor of the patient’s mortality and morbidity. Delirious patients are six times more prone to mortality than their non-delirious counterparts.

4. Can Delirium be reverted?

Yes, ICU delirium is a temporary state and can be reversed if diagnosed early. But if not detected on time, it can increase the chances of mortality and morbidity in the patient.

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