Etiologies and delirium rates of elderly ED patients with acutely altered mental status: a multicenter prospective study.

@article{Aslaner2017EtiologiesAD,
  title={Etiologies and delirium rates of elderly ED patients with acutely altered mental status: a multicenter prospective study.},
  author={Mehmet Ali Aslaner and Mustafa Burak Boz and A. Esra {\"O}zkan Çelik and Asliddin Ahmedali and Sercan Eroğlu and Nalan Metin Aksu and Serkan Emre Eroğlu},
  journal={The American journal of emergency medicine},
  year={2017},
  volume={35 1},
  pages={71-76}
}
OBJECTIVES Altered mental status (AMS) is a challenging diagnosis in older patients and has a large range of etiologies. The aim of this study was to investigate the nature of such etiologies for physicians to be better aware of AMS backgrounds and hence improve outcomes and mortality rates. METHODS This prospective observational study was conducted at 4 emergency departments. Patients 65 years and older who presented to the emergency department with acute AMS (≤1 week), with symptoms ranging… CONTINUE READING
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