New Delirium Monograph at Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine Web Site

APM-EACLPP Clinical Monographs

The link above takes the reader to the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM) web site’s first in a series of clinical monographs, this one about delirium. You get the complete and unvarnished skinnny on the evidence base on evaluation and treatment of delirium, with up to date references and the strength of evidence in support of interventions. You can view this in web-based or pdf versions and, in my opinion, it is a “must have” item in your list of resources in the war on delirium. The item about the ICU study using intravenous Haloperidol to prevent delirium is especially intriguing. I would just remind the reader that there are risks to using IV Haloperidol and they include cardiac conduction abnormalities, e.g., torsades de pointe, which can degenerate into potentially life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias.

And don’t forget the APM Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia in November 2012 (APM 2012 Annual Meeting). The theme is Bioethics at the Interface of Psychiatry and  Medicine. I hope to see you there.

Author: Jim Amos

Dr. James J. Amos is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the UI Carver College of Medicine at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Amos received a B. S. degree in Distributed Studies (Zoology, Chemistry, and Microbiology) in 1985 from Iowa State University and an M.D. from The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa in 1992. He completed his psychiatry residency, including a year as Chief Resident, in 1996 at the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Iowa. He has co-edited a practical book about consultation psychiatry with Dr. Robert G. Robinson entitled Psychosomatic Medicine: An Introduction to Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. As a clinician educator, among Dr. Amos’s most treasured achievements is the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.