Delirium in mechanically ventilated patients: validity and reliability of the confusion assessment method for the intensive care unit (CAM-ICU).

@article{Ely2001DeliriumIM,
  title={Delirium in mechanically ventilated patients: validity and reliability of the confusion assessment method for the intensive care unit (CAM-ICU).},
  author={E Wesley Ely and Sharon K. Inouye and Gordon R. Bernard and Susanna Gordon and Jackie Francis and Laura May and Brenda Truman and Theodore Speroff and Sonali Gautam and Robert Margolin and Robert P. Hart and Robert S. Dittus},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={2001},
  volume={286 21},
  pages={2703-10}
}
CONTEXT Delirium is a common problem in the intensive care unit (ICU). Accurate diagnosis is limited by the difficulty of communicating with mechanically ventilated patients and by lack of a validated delirium instrument for use in the ICU. OBJECTIVES To validate a delirium assessment instrument that uses standardized nonverbal assessments for mechanically ventilated patients and to determine the occurrence rate of delirium in such patients. DESIGN AND SETTING Prospective cohort study… CONTINUE READING
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