ICU Delirium - Glossary

Dr. Simi Paknikar
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Simi Paknikar, MD
Last Updated on Dec 30, 2016
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Glossary

Cognitive: Pertaining to the mental process of thought including perception, reasoning, intuition and memory.

Delirium: Disordered state of mind

Delusions: Fixed irrational ideas not shared by others and not responding to reasoned argument.

Hypoglycemia: Abnormally low blood glucose level

Hyperglycemia: High level of glucose in the blood

Hypoxia: Having too little oxygen

Hypotension: Low blood pressure or a sudden drop in blood pressure

Pain: An unpleasant sensation that can range from mild localized discomfort to agony. Pain has both emotional and physical components.

Sepsis: Infection with disease causing microorganisms or toxins in the bloodstream.

Tachycardia: Abnormally rapid heart rate (more than 100/min).

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