Critical Care Doc Discusses How to Lower Cognitive Risks for ICU Patients

A recent Vanderbilt University-led study of 800 patients treated in hospital intensive care units (ICUs) revealed that these patients were at high risk for developing acute brain dysfunction.

The study, published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, reported that nearly three in four of the patients in the study encountered some type of cognitive impairment, while one in three of them  developed symptoms similar Alzheimer’s disease for a year or longer.

Critical care specialist David A. Oxman, MD was interviewed on the study for a story on CBS 3.

Dr. Oxman said “getting people off sedation, getting them up, getting them to walk around sometimes even on a ventilator may impact the amount of delirium we see.”

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