Delirium: A Cognitive Cost of the Comfort of Procedural Sedation in Elderly Patients?

Crosby, Gregory
January 2010
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Jan2010, Vol. 85 Issue 1, p12
Academic Journal
The authors reflect on the issue concerning the complication of procedural sedation in elderly patients which is cognitive morbidity in the form of delirium. The authors cited a study that examined the incidence of postoperative delirium in elderly patients who underwent surgery. They argued the conclusion of the study that deep sedation alone causes delirium. The authors stress the need to focus more on the cardiopulmonary risk of surgery in elderly patients.


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