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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?

Join American Delirium Society today.

I enjoy American Delirium Society as an organization composed of wonderful, friendly and very bright people who are intensely interested in solving a problem that has defeated so many others. Delirium involves intense suffering and we (the members) insist of ourselves that we rise to the task of helping all those affected by delirium!

Dr. Barbara Kamholz