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

CPCP: Clozapine and Boot Camp for Clinicians on Delirium?

Today's CPCP is really about clozapine side effects but this could easily have been about delirium as well. Clozapine is a very anticholinergic drug and has a lot of other side effects other than severe neutropenia. Medical students Melissa Bacci and Irtaza "Taz" Khalid did a great job on this one. In order to see … Continue reading CPCP: Clozapine and Boot Camp for Clinicians on Delirium?

National Patient Safety Awareness Week and World Delirium Awareness Day: Twofer

Since today is World Delirium Awareness Day and this is also National Patient Safety Awareness Day, we get a twofer because the two are naturally connected. A big part of maintaining patient safety is doing our utmost to prevent delirium in every case we possibly can. A few years ago we had a campaign at … Continue reading National Patient Safety Awareness Week and World Delirium Awareness Day: Twofer

Delirium Education for Families and Health Professionals

In observance of National Patient Safety Week and World Delirium Awareness Day on March 15, 2017, please share the delirium education handouts below the video, courtesy of I-Delirium. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPfZgBmcQB8

Patient Safety Week and Delirium Awareness Day: Be a Paladin for Patients

Two important events to announce: National Patient Safety Week runs from March 12-18, 2017 and closely connected with this is The International Federation of Delirium Societies (I-Delirium) World Delirium Awareness Day – March 15, 2017. The I-Delirium organization is composed of the Australasian Delirium Association, the American Delirium Society, and the European Delirium Association. And … Continue reading Patient Safety Week and Delirium Awareness Day: Be a Paladin for Patients