Dexmedetomidine and the reduction of postoperative delirium after cardiac surgery.

  title={Dexmedetomidine and the reduction of postoperative delirium after cardiac surgery.},
  author={Jos{\'e} R Maldonado and Ashley Wysong and Pieter J A van der Starre and Thaddeus Block and Craig J. Miller and Bruce A. Reitz},
  volume={50 3},
BACKGROUND Delirium is a neurobehavioral syndrome caused by the transient disruption of normal neuronal activity secondary to systemic disturbances. OBJECTIVE The authors investigated the effects of postoperative sedation on the development of delirium in patients undergoing cardiac-valve procedures. METHODS Patients underwent elective cardiac surgery with a standardized intraoperative anesthesia protocol, followed by random assignment to one of three postoperative sedation protocols… CONTINUE READING
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