Use of a validated delirium assessment tool improves the ability of physicians to identify delirium in medical intensive care unit patients.

@article{Devlin2007UseOA,
  title={Use of a validated delirium assessment tool improves the ability of physicians to identify delirium in medical intensive care unit patients.},
  author={John W. Devlin and Jeffrey J. Fong and Greg L Schumaker and Heidi L O'Connor and Robin R Ruthazer and Erik Garpestad},
  journal={Critical care medicine},
  year={2007},
  volume={35 12},
  pages={2721-4; quiz 2725}
}
OBJECTIVE Although medical intensive care unit nurses at our institution routinely use the Intensive Care Delirium Screening Checklist (ICDSC) to identify delirium, physicians rely on traditional diagnostic methods. We sought to measure the effect of physicians' use of the ICDSC on their ability to detect delirium. DESIGN Before-after study. SETTING Medical intensive care unit of an academic medical center. PATIENTS AND PARTICIPANTS A total of 25 physicians with >or=1 month of clinical… CONTINUE READING