AGE Associazione Geriatri Extraospedalieri

Pavia, Italy

AGE Associazione Geriatri Extraospedalieri

Pavia, Italy
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Bellelli G.,AIP Associazione Italiana di Psicogeriatria | Morandi A.,AIP Associazione Italiana di Psicogeriatria | Trabucchi M.,AIP Associazione Italiana di Psicogeriatria | Caironi G.,AcEMC Academy of Emergency Medicine and Care | And 28 more authors.
Internal and Emergency Medicine | Year: 2017

Delirium is a severe neuropsychiatric syndrome characterized by inattention and global cognitive dysfunction in the setting of an acute medical illness, medical complication, drug intoxication, or drug withdrawal. The most important risk factors are advanced age and dementia, whereas pain, dehydration, infections, stroke, metabolic disturbances, and surgery are the most common triggering factors. Although delirium is a common clinical syndrome in different settings of care (acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, and hospices), it often remains under-recognized, poorly understood, and inadequately managed. There exists a clear need for improved understanding to overcome cultural stereotypes, and for the development and dissemination of a comprehensive model of implementation of general good practice points. A network of Italian national scientific societies was thus convened (1) to develop a collaborative multidisciplinary initiative report on delirium in elderly hospitalized patients, (2) to focus the attention of health care personnel on prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of patients suffering from delirium, and (3) to make the health services research community and policy-makers more aware of the potential risks of this condition providing a reference for training activities and data collection. © 2017 SIMI


Bellelli G.,AIP Associazione Italiana di Psicogeriatria | Morandi A.,AIP Associazione Italiana di Psicogeriatria | Trabucchi M.,AIP Associazione Italiana di Psicogeriatria | Caironi G.,AcEMC Academy of Emergency Medicine and Care | And 27 more authors.
European Geriatric Medicine | Year: 2017

Delirium is a severe neuropsychiatric syndrome characterized by inattention and global cognitive dysfunction in the setting of an acute medical illness, medical complication, drug intoxication or drug withdrawal. The most important risk factors are advanced age and dementia whereas pain, dehydration, infections, stroke, metabolic disturbances, and surgery are the most common triggering factors. Although delirium is a common clinical syndrome in different setting of care (acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, and hospices) it often remains under-recognised, poorly understood and not adequately managed then there exists a clear need for improved understanding to overcome cultural stereotypes and for the development and dissemination of a comprehensive model of implementation of general good practice points. A network of Italian national scientific societies was thus convened (1) to develop a collaborative multidisciplinary initiative report on delirium in the elderly hospitalized patients, (2) to focus the attention of health care personnel on prevention, diagnosis and therapy of patients suffering from delirium, and (3) to make the health services research community and policy-makers more aware of the potential risks of this condition providing a reference for training activities and data collection. © 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS and European Union Geriatric Medicine Society.

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