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why does a patient become dilerius after surgery and in icu.what can we do to help.

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Various reasons.: This can be from stress from surgery, anesthetics. Possible infection, stroke, electrolye issue. Usualy need to wait 12 hours for medication and surgical issues to clear up.
Answered on Dec 8, 2017
Dr. Joseph Sucher
25 years experience Trauma Surgery
Sleep wake cycle: Many factors including prior brain dysfunction, dementia, medicines (narcotics, etc.), inflammation, infection to name a few. The best we can do is optimize the environment. Ensure good natural lighting during the day and darkness at night with good sleep/wake cycles. Limit narcotics, benzos or other drugs known to contribute. With good care it takes time to resolve.
Answered on Dec 8, 2017
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