COVID-19 complication: Delirium
Doctors say they're increasing seeing COVID-19 patients exhibiting signs of delirium, possibly due to depleted oxygen levels.
delirium is a common complication for patients in the hospital. Actually, 40% of patients may experience this, but that's usually because they tend to be older and already have dementia, stroke, Parkinson's or other sensory illnesses, according to Dr Ahmed Salem, who works with patients at the V A ST Lukes in Ben TOB Corona viruses causing delirium and 30 40 and 50 year olds. And so we're seeing a lot of younger patients affected by delirium as well, which is not something that we had seen commonly before, he says. Cove in 19 makes for a perfect storm to cause delirium patients for decreased mobility. Um, who are, uh, away from the family with sensory impairment, unable to really have a regular sleep wake cycle, Um, and also that our own medications, for example, to help them remain comfortable on the ventilator. Uh, essentially these a role could conditions our situations. I could give rise to pretty profound delirium. And he says any fever or infection can also cause delirium at home. So here's what to look for. Patients unable to retain focus. They can't recall events in chronological order. The patient may appear to be withdrawn less responsive. Then there's the hyperactive delirium. That's where the patient is very agitated and may even become combative or have hallucinations to prevent it. Try to make sure that we mobilize them as much as possible. Keep him awake during the day. 11. To get, um, a good night's sleep. Those interventions, though simple, go a long way and trying to mitigate to there.