Original Publication
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Post-Operative Delirium in the Elderly Patient (v.1.3)

Published: July 20, 2006 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.234

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  • Post-Op Delirium Module

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Abstract

The approach to delirium is complex and multi-faceted. To ensure a consistent level of understanding, the Department of Anesthesia and Division of Gerontology Geriatric Medicine at UMMSM collaborated to create this multimedia training module for anesthesia house staff and students in the anesthesia rotation. The multimedia module introduced concepts related to the epidemiology, diagnosis, and management of delirium in the postoperative patient, and raised awareness of the inherent dangers of this syndrome to the outcomes of older individuals. Throughout the module there are practice exercises to give learners an opportunity to apply their new knowledge. Many of the details of management of particular illnesses that cause delirium are beyond the scope of this module.


Educational Objectives

By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  1. Recognize delirium in a postoperative elderly patient.
  2. Understand that delirium in an elderly postoperative patient may have serious complications.
  3. Identify the risk factors for delirium in an elderly postoperative patient.
  4. Describe the morbidity and mortality in postoperative elderly patients with a delirium patient.

Author Information

  • Miguel Paniagua: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
  • Michael Mintzer, MD: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
  • Maria van Zuilen, PhD: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
  • Michael C. Lewis, MD: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
  • Axel Juan, MD: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
  • Jorge Ruiz, MD: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Disclosures
None to report.

Funding/Support
None to report.



Citation

Paniagua M, Mintzer M, van Zuilen M, Lewis M, Juan A, Ruiz J. Post-operative delirium in the elderly patient (v.1.3). MedEdPORTAL. 2006;2:234. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.234