Features  |   June 2016
Leading Efforts to Understand Postoperative Delirium
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  • Stacie Deiner, M.S., M.D.
    Ad Hoc Committee on Brain Health Initiative
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Features   |   June 2016
Leading Efforts to Understand Postoperative Delirium
ASA Monitor 06 2016, Vol.80, 16-17.
ASA Monitor 06 2016, Vol.80, 16-17.
This year will be a landmark one for geriatric concerns at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® annual meeting, which will highlight postoperative delirium (POD). POD is seen in 15-60 percent of all elderly surgical patients and is associated with a longer length of hospital stay, greater costs and increased risk of death in the year after surgery. The pathophysiology of POD remains unclear but is likely multifactorial and includes a combination of inherent and modifiable factors. There is significant equipoise regarding the ideal anesthetic for patients at high risk of developing POD. Much of the cutting-edge research and high-quality trials will be presented this year in Chicago.
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