Delirium: a symptom of how hospital care is failing older persons and a window to improve quality of hospital care.

@article{Inouye1999DeliriumAS,
  title={Delirium: a symptom of how hospital care is failing older persons and a window to improve quality of hospital care.},
  author={Sharon K. Inouye and Mark Schlesinger and T J Lydon},
  journal={The American journal of medicine},
  year={1999},
  volume={106 5},
  pages={565-73}
}
Delirium, or acute confusional state, which often results from hospital-related complications or inadequate hospital care for older patients, can serve as a marker of the quality of hospital care. By reviewing five pathways that can lead to a greater incidence of delirium--iatrogenesis, failure to recognize delirium in its early stages, attitudes toward the care of the elderly, the rapid pace and technological focus of health care, and the reduction in skilled nursing staff--we identify how… CONTINUE READING

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