Delirium is a “Dangerous Diagnosis”
More than 7 million hospitalized Americans suffer from delirium each year.
Patients who experience delirium in the hospital (compared to patients without delirium) are more likely to:
- Stay longer in the hospital and have more hospital associated complications
- Experience higher mortality rates in the hospital and up to 6-12 months later
- Lose physical function in the hospital and need long-term care after the hospital
- Develop dementia or similar types of cognitive impairment even if the delirium clears
- However, more than 60% of patients with delirium are not identified by the health care system!
What is this dangerous thing called Delirium? To learn more go to What is Delirium?