73.6% of COVID-19 patients in ICUs become delirious, more likely to die

73.6% of COVID-19 patients in ICUs become delirious, more likely to die
Implications of the study mean that doctors should pay more attention and treat patients with delirium as their condition is more likely to worsen. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF  JUNE 4, 2020 10:55 A patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is treated an the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). May 6, 2020 (photo credit: STEPHANE MAHE…

Implications of the study mean that doctors should pay more attention and treat patients with delirium as their condition is more likely to worsen.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
 

JUNE 4, 2020 10:55

A patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is treated an the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). May 6, 2020 (photo credit: STEPHANE MAHE / REUTERS)

A patient suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is treated an the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). May 6, 2020

(photo credit: STEPHANE MAHE / REUTERS)

More than 73% of patients admitted to intensive care units in the United States with coronavirus experienced delirium, which lasted for an average of seven days, a study conducted by researches from the Indiana University School of Medicine revealed. 

The researchers also found that “mortality was 26.4% in patients with delirium compared to 15.8% in patients without delirium,” the study concluded.

Implications of the study mean that doctors should pay more attention and treat patients with delirium as their condition is more likely to worsen.

“Clinical attention to prevent and manage delirium and reduce delirium duration and severity is urgently needed for patients with COVID-19,” the researchers wrote as a result of their findings.

The researches further noticed that “invasive mechanical ventilation is significantly associated with odds of delirium.”

Previous studies conducted on COVID-19  and delirium have been published, including one in The Lancet, showing that “People hospitalized with severe coronavirus infections are likely to experience delirium, confusion or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),” which examined coronavirus cases from Italy and the UK.

Furthermore, a study conducted in Wuhan, China, it was found that 36% of coronavirus patients had neurological symptoms such as strokes and headaches.

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