Kudos to Dr. George Dawson for Efforts to Prevent Violence Against Health Care Workers

I would like to thank Dr. George Dawson for his post on the need to prevent violence against health care workers. I very much appreciate his taking the time to interview with the organization trying to raise awareness of this workplace threat. I agree that the most common patients who become violent are delirious and/or … Continue reading Kudos to Dr. George Dawson for Efforts to Prevent Violence Against Health Care Workers

World Delirium Awareness Day and QTc Prolongation Update

Today is World Delirium Awareness Day! And this is also National Patient Safety Awareness Week! Here's an issue relevant to both. As a psychiatric consultant in the general hospital, I get questions from colleagues about psychotropic drugs and cardiac conduction prolongation, often measured by the EKG parameter called the corrected QT interval or QTc. Relevant … Continue reading World Delirium Awareness Day and QTc Prolongation Update

World Delirium Awareness Day is Coming Like a Zombie!

World Delirium Awareness Day is coming like a zombie--and delirium will eat your brain! In keeping with upcoming World Delirium Awareness Day March 14, 2018, here are some oldies but goodies along with a reminders about special cases of delirium. First, a pretty good video summary of the basics which you can access from the … Continue reading World Delirium Awareness Day is Coming Like a Zombie!

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 … Continue reading World Delirium Awareness Day 2018

International Childhood Cancer Day 2018: A Message From Luisella Magnani

I received a message from Professor Luisella Magnani yesterday about her contribution (CANCER DAY ) to International Childhood Cancer Day, which is today. I was reminded of what I see occasionally on Code Greens in the hospital--children suffering from delirium, which is sometimes a complication of childhood cancer. Code Green events in our general hospital are … Continue reading International Childhood Cancer Day 2018: A Message From Luisella Magnani

More About The EEG and Delirium

I recently missed a golden opportunity last week to see a  surgery department grand rounds presentation on the simplified EEG procedure to screen for delirium, presented by colleagues Dr. Gen Shinozaki and Dr. John Cromwell. It was scheduled at 7:15 a.m., a bit early for me. They're moving the field of delirium detection forward in … Continue reading More About The EEG and Delirium

Happy Halloween From A C-L Psychiatrist

Halloween is upon us and if I don't get this post out now, it won't get done. As usual, it has been pretty busy on the Consultation-Liaison (C-L) Psychiatry service. I don't think it has anything to do with the Halloween season--but it is a bit scary. It's also time for the annual C-L Psychiatry … Continue reading Happy Halloween From A C-L Psychiatrist