The Delirious Patient in the ICU

  • K. H. Polderman
  • A. J. C. Slooter


Until a few years ago, the occurrence of delirium or ‘intensive care unit (ICU) psychosis’ was regarded as a routine feature of life in the ICU. Delirium occurred with such a high frequency that it was often considered to be a routine consequence of prolonged stay — a combined effect of the patient’s underlying illness and perhaps the administration of large amounts of sedatives.


Intensive Care Unit Intensive Care Unit Setting Confusion Assessment Method Acute Confusional State Delirious Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. H. Polderman
    • 1
  • A. J. C. Slooter
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Intensive CareUniversity Medical CenterAmsterdamNetherlands

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