Move to isolation tied to higher risk of delirium

01/3/2012 | Nurse.com

Patients placed on contact precautions at some point during their hospital stay were 1.75 times more likely to experience delirium, according to a study in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Patients on contact precautions at admission were not at greater risk of delirium. "It's possible that the underlying illness rather than the precautions themselves is responsible for the association with delirium," researcher Hannah Day said.

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