While 70% of anesthesiologists say they “frequently” or “occasionally” encounter postoperative delirium in their practices, more than three-fourths (77%) lack a process to screen for at-risk patients | Anesthesiology News
A survey of nearly 300 anesthesiologists revealed that postoperative delirium is extraordinarily common worldwide, with 95% of respondents reporting they have had such a patient. However, 60% said they did not commonly discuss possible neurologic complications with their patients prior to surgery. In addition, 84% said their hospital or clinic did not have protocols to prevent postoperative delirium and 73% said their facility lacked protocols to manage delirium when it occurred. Of anesthesiologists without a screening process, 88% said they would consider implementing one.
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