Older woman in hospital bed with younger woman sitting next to her

Case Study: Delirium in an Older, Hospitalized Woman

This post was contributed by Deborah D’Avolio, Ph.D., BC-ACNP, ANP, Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University The following case study illustrates an example of how delirium can occur in a hospitalized older adult. Mrs. R is a 68-year-old, Italian speaking woman. She was admitted to the oncology unit for ongoing treatment of advanced uterine cancer. Mrs. R lives […]

2018 American Delirium Society Conference

Contributed by Heidi Lindroth, BSN, RN, PhD Candidate, School of Nursing, Program Assistant, School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Anesthesiology at The University of Wisconsin-Madison The American Delirium Society (ADS) annual conference was held in June 2018 to share the latest advancements in delirium science.  A wide variety of topics from delirium training […]

Studying the Delirious Brain: Neuroimaging

Contributed by Madeline D’Aquila, BS, Clinical Research Associate II & Annie Racine, PhD, MPA, both of the Institute for Aging Research, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Although successful programs to prevent delirium have been developed and implemented, advances in new prevention or treatment approaches have been stymied by a poor understanding of delirium pathophysiology. Neuroimaging […]

Patient Family Perspective on the Delirium Experience

Contributed by Namrata Patil, MD MPH of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Faculty at Harvard Medical School, Boston.   “Doctor, is he still like that? If he is still the same I am not coming in….,” her voice cracks as she breaks into sobs on the other side of the phone. My patient’s wife does […]