Postoperative Delirium Risk Assessment, Prevention, Detection, and Management

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Camilla L. Wong
Maia von Maltzahn

perioperative medicine, delerium


There is strong evidence to support prevention of postoperative delirium through comprehensive geriatric assessment and multicomponent nonpharmacologic interventions. Risk assessment must be accompanied by communication of the risk to the patient, caregivers, and perioperative interdisciplinary team to engage all in evidence-based prevention interventions. However, once postoperative delirium has developed, efforts should be focused on prevention of short- and long-term adverse effects.


Des données probantes solides appuient la prévention du délire postopératoire en recourant à une évaluation gériatrique complète et à des interventions non pharmacologiques à plusieurs composantes. L’évaluation des risques doit s’accompagner d’une communication du risque au patient, aux soignants et à l’équipe interdisciplinaire périopératoire afin que tous participent aux interventions de prévention fondées sur des données probantes. Toutefois, une fois que le délire postopératoire s’est installé, les efforts doivent être axés sur la prévention des effets indésirables à court et à long terme.

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