Study: Drugs, not sleep quality, affect ICU delirium risk

03/28/2014 | Medscape (free registration)

ICU patients given benzodiazepine, opioids or other sedatives were more likely to develop delirium than those who did not get medications, but sleep quality had no significant effect, researchers from Johns Hopkins Hospital reported at a conference. Researcher Karin Neufeld said a culture change is needed to help prevent delirium and help "providers to learn to manage patients who are critically ill and awake and alert."

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