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Why do old people in the icu go crazy?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Dennis Clifford
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not just old people
Severe illness, sleep disturbances and sedative medications used in icu's can all contribute to delirium.
It is a major dilemma for health care providers and research into the ideal sedative agents is ongoing.

In brief: Not just old people
Severe illness, sleep disturbances and sedative medications used in icu's can all contribute to delirium.
It is a major dilemma for health care providers and research into the ideal sedative agents is ongoing.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Delirium
It is not just old people, although they are at higher risk.
Patients with critical illness commonly have delirium, this is a brain malfunction which can range from confusion/agitation to coma. In the ICU there are multiple causes. These include toxins that can be present from impaired organ function in the ICU , (like kidney failure) , side effect of needed drugs, or consequence of infections.

In brief: Delirium
It is not just old people, although they are at higher risk.
Patients with critical illness commonly have delirium, this is a brain malfunction which can range from confusion/agitation to coma. In the ICU there are multiple causes. These include toxins that can be present from impaired organ function in the ICU , (like kidney failure) , side effect of needed drugs, or consequence of infections.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
In brief: Can happen
Especially people with dementia are prone to what is called ICU psychosis.
These people are sick and confined to a small room with all the alarms around them with nurses coming in and out--- they become confused agitated in a totally unfamiliar surroundings.

In brief: Can happen
Especially people with dementia are prone to what is called ICU psychosis.
These people are sick and confined to a small room with all the alarms around them with nurses coming in and out--- they become confused agitated in a totally unfamiliar surroundings.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao
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Dr. Arnon Rubin
Internal Medicine
In brief: Multiple factors
This is called ICU psychosis or is sometimes called sun downing.
In the ICU patient are often very sick , combined with lack of sleep due to their condition and treatment result in the confusion that is seen in the icu. As patient recover and are transitioned to a regular room or home they usually will return to their baseline.

In brief: Multiple factors
This is called ICU psychosis or is sometimes called sun downing.
In the ICU patient are often very sick , combined with lack of sleep due to their condition and treatment result in the confusion that is seen in the icu. As patient recover and are transitioned to a regular room or home they usually will return to their baseline.
Dr. Arnon Rubin
Dr. Arnon Rubin
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