World Delirium Awareness Day 2018

I just received a message from Professor Luisella Magnani with her contribution to the upcoming World Delirium Awareness Day 2018:

As a Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist, I see delirium every day. Every physician and allied health care professional should be aware of the myths about delirium and how to counter them:

There are numerous ways to participate in raising awareness about delirium. One of the ways we did it at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in the past was to make educational screensavers:

There are delirium prevention teaching materials available like the one a former resident made here:

You could take a stab at explaining step by step Dr. Jose Maldonado’s picture of the potential treatment targets for delirium:

It is just that easy!

OK, so maybe it’s not that easy. The point is there are a lot of ways to assess, manage, and conduct research on this acute brain injury.  We can do this every day.

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.


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.

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