Medical Moment: Lower your risk for postoperative delirium

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 5:32 PM EST
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Delirium after major surgery can be a big problem for many patients.

In today’s Medical Moment, how doctors and patients can reverse the effects.

It can be very common after surgery.

In fact, each year more than 50 percent of hospitalized patients over the age of 65 experience delirium.

Older age and dementia are risk factors, but as Martie Salt reports, so is something that occurs during surgery.

The researchers say in surgery, patients typically do face damage, but the severity can increase the risk for delirium.

On average, those patients required two to three extra days of hospitalization.

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