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Can delirium be prevented?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Seaman
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes and no

Delirium due to "acute brain failure" as opposed to drug or alcohol withdrawal does have some known and modifiable precipitants.
Elderly adults with pre-existing brain atrophy are perhaps the most vulnerable. Several studies have been done in the past 15 years looking at mitigating delirium risk via " delirium prophylaxis". Stanford and perhaps vanderbilt are leaders in this.

In brief: Yes and no

Delirium due to "acute brain failure" as opposed to drug or alcohol withdrawal does have some known and modifiable precipitants.
Elderly adults with pre-existing brain atrophy are perhaps the most vulnerable. Several studies have been done in the past 15 years looking at mitigating delirium risk via " delirium prophylaxis". Stanford and perhaps vanderbilt are leaders in this.
Dr. Jeff Seaman
Dr. Jeff Seaman
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

If pt knows the cause of the delirium avoiding it will help.
Most common causes of delirium are intoxications or reactions to medications or toxins or to alcohol or drugs.

In brief: Yes

If pt knows the cause of the delirium avoiding it will help.
Most common causes of delirium are intoxications or reactions to medications or toxins or to alcohol or drugs.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric

In brief: Risk can be reduced

Delirium has many known risk factors and monitoring for them and intervening early can decrease the risk of delirium. Specifically, avoiding dehydration, constipation, getting enough sleep, assessing and treating infections and other medical conditions promptly are quite important.
Older adults benefit from using hearing aids and glasses if needed and being reoriented frequently.

In brief: Risk can be reduced

Delirium has many known risk factors and monitoring for them and intervening early can decrease the risk of delirium. Specifically, avoiding dehydration, constipation, getting enough sleep, assessing and treating infections and other medical conditions promptly are quite important.
Older adults benefit from using hearing aids and glasses if needed and being reoriented frequently.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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