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Mini CHAMPDelirium in the Hospitalized Elder

Shellie Williams, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Section of Geriatric Medicine

University of Chicago

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  • Increase recognition of delirium in hospitalized elders.

  • Identify a risk stratification for delirium in hospitalized elder.

  • Gain understanding of prevention for delirium.

  • Enhance ability to evaluate patients for delirium—assessment.

  • Develop a strategy for treatment of delirium from a non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic focus.

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Mrs. Fleming:

  • 75yo female admitted from ER with generalized weakness, UTI and pre-renal azotemia.

  • She is admitted to 5NE with IVF & cipro

  • RN calls post-admit day#1: “She pulled out her IV this morning and ordered me out of her home. She is upsetting her roommate and refused another IV. Shall I initiate a sitter?”

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Delirium: The Data

  • Prevalence: 15-70%

  • (20%) 12.5 million elderly admits

  • Admission Onset: 20-33%

  • Post surgical: 30-59%

Rockwood 1990; Francis 1992

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Defining Delirium:

  • Disturbance of consciousness and reduced ability to focus, sustain or shift attention.

  • Change in cognition (decline memory, orientation, language, motor) not accounted for by preexisting dementia.

  • Disturbance that develops over short time and fluctuates.

  • Direct physiologic consequences of a specific medical condition, substance intoxication, withdrawal, or multiple causes.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental

Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV)

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Delirium: Pathophysiology

  • Neurotransmitter Theory:

  • Cholinergic deficits: benadryl, scopalmine

  • Norephinephrine excess: antidepressants

  • Dopamine excess: Parkinson meds

  • Cytokines-IL1, IL2, TNF (Infection)

  • Cerebral Hypoxia

  • Stress related hormonal fluctuation

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Why Focus on Delirium? Risk

  • Increased LOS (2x)

  • Increased Mortality (2-7x)

  • 38% & 51% mortality 1yr/5yr post-hosp

  • Increased ADL dependence (2x)

  • Increased instituitionalization (2-3x)

Dolan J of Ger 2000;

Leslie Arch In Med 2005.

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Why Focus on Delirium? Cost

Leslie, D.L. Arch In Med, 2008; 168: 27-32.

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Why Focus on Delirium?: Cognition

  • 60% persistent impairment from baseline

  • 40% Progression dementia 1yr

  • Premorbid Cognitive Impaired:

  • 4% complete resolution prior d/c

  • 20% complete resolution 3-6mo s/p d/c

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  • Poor recognition:

    Nurse recognition <50%

    Physician recognition 20%

Inouye 2001

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Hyperactive: 30%




Vivid hallucinations



Hyperactive: 30%

Hypoactive: 70%


Psychomotor retardation

Poverty speech

Diminished awareness

Recognize Delirium Fluctuating Faces:

Spiller, JA. Pall Med 2006; 20: 17-23.

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Delirium Prevention: Pre-hospital Risk

Inouye,SK. Arch Int Med; 1993, 119: 474-81.

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Risk Stratification Based on Pre-hospital risk:

Inouye,SK. Arch Int Med; 1993, 119: 474-81.

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Risk Stratification: In-Hospital Risk

  • Use of Physical Restraints (RR 4.4, CI 2.5-7.9)

  • Malnutrition (RR 4.0, CI 2.2-7.4)

  • >3 Medications added (RR 2.9, CI 1.2-4.7)

  • Use of Bladder Cath (RR 2.4, CI 1.2-4.7)

  • Any Iatrogenic Event (RR 1.9, CI 1.1-3.2)

Inouye, SK. JAMA. 1996; 275 (11): 852-7.

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Risk Stratification: Delirium at Discharge

Inouye, SK. Arch Intern Med 167 (13): 1406-12.

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Prevention: Elder Life Program

  • Elder Life Program

  • Targeted protocols:

    • Cognitive impairment

    • Sleep deprivation

    • Immobility

    • Visual impairment

    • Hearing impairment

    • Dehydration

Inouye, SK. NEJM 1999; (340) 9: 669-675.

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Delirium Prevention

  • Decreased incidence of delirium

    (9.9% vs 15.0%) p=0.02

  • Decreased days of delirium

    (105d vs 161d) p=0.02

  • No statistically significant change in severity or recurrence of delirium

Inouye, SK. NEJM 1999; (340) 9: 669-675.

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Evaluation of Delirium

  • MULTIFACTORIAL is the rule of thumb (2.8/pt)

  • Focused, patient-centered investigation

  • History guides diagnostics

  • Examination guides diagnostics

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Confusion Assessment Method: CAM

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Acute Onset &

Fluctuating Course







Altered LOC

Evaluation: CAMConfusion Assessment Method


Inouye SK et al. Ann Intern Med 1990;113:941-948.

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Evaluation: R/o Dementia

  • Hx of dementia?

  • Need hx of sundowning to dx it!

  • Agitated dementia = delirium

  • Understand delirium-dementia relationship


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Evaluation: Physical Exam

  • “Head to toe”

    • Vitals (temp, HR, RR, BP, pulse ox)

    • CNS (CVA, bleed, meningitis, sz, blind, deaf)

    • Pulm (pneumonia, PE, CHF)

    • CVS (ischemia, CHF, arrhythmia)

    • GI (ischemia, impaction, bleed)

    • GU (UTI, retention)

    • Extrem (pain, volume status, CVA)

    • Skin (pressure ulcer, volume status)

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Evaluation: Most common causes of delirium

  • Medications 30%

  • Infections 40%

  • Fluid/Electrolyte imbalance 40%

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Evaluation: Medications (30%)

  • Too little (alcohol or other drug withdrawal) 6%

  • Too much





  • >3 new medications introduced

Francis 1990, Schor 1999, Lawlor 2002

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Evaluation: Medications

  • Antibiotics (aminogly, PCN, ceph, sulfa)

  • Benadryl

  • Benzodiazepines (triazolam, alprazolam, diazepam)

  • Digoxin

  • GI (Reglan, Bentyl)

  • Lithium

  • Narcotics

  • Neuroleptics

  • Steroids

  • NSAIDs (Indocin)

  • H2 Blockers (Cimetidine,…)

  • Parkinsons drugs (Levodopa, Benztropine, Amantadine)

  • Tricyclics

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Evaluation: Anti-cholinergic Medications

Fecal/urine impacted, confused, flushed, dry, low bp

Elavil (amitriptyline) Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine)

Cogentin (benztropine) Atarax/Vistaril(hydroxyzine)

Bentyl (dicyclomine) Welbutrin/Zyban (bupropion)

Ditropan (oxybutynin) Antivert (meclizine)

Detrol (tolterodine) Ipratropium (atrovent)

Benadryl (diphenhydramine) Phenergan (promethazine)

Zyprexa (olanzapine) Atropine

Levsin (hyoscyamine) Belladonna Alkoloids

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Evaluation: Brain CT?

  • Controversy on routine ordering

  • Low yield if lack focal neuro findings

  • Documented head trauma with new neuro findings or high risk bleed

Francis, J. Clin Res 1991 (abstract); 39: 103.

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Evaluation: Additional tests

  • Labs

    • CBC, lytes, liver, renal

    • Consider TSH, B12

  • Drug levels (digoxin, valproic, phenytoin)

  • Urine tox, UA/culture

  • CXR

  • EKG

  • EEG**

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Management: Plan before Pills

  • Prevention of delirium

  • Correction underlying causes

  • Non-pharmacologic intensify

  • Pharmacologic (agitation)

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Management: Non-pharmacologicHELP Prevention

  • Cognition: orientation board (carry pen!), (day) open drapes, clock, calendar, family photos

  • Sleep: min deprivation (d/c 2am labs & o/n BD/vitals; meds when awake); warm drink; limited pm awake

  • Mobility: Early OOBchair ; PT/OT; no foley/restraints

  • Vision: glasses

  • HOH: get aids; adapt environment (stethoscope!)

  • Dehydration: po fluids; observe at mealtime

  • Feeding: assist with meals

  • Activity: Involve family (rotate members) or get sitter; move pt to room close to RN station, current events

Inouye, SK. JAGS 2006; 54: 1492-1499.

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Management: Non-pharmacologicRestraint Use

  • AVOID!

  • 4x increased risk protracted delirium

  • Increase risk of falls, injury, & delirium

  • Use only in emergency, for as short a duration as possible with frequent re-evaluations, and d/c asap

  • Absolutely no “sheeting”

Inouye, SK. Arch Intern Med 167 (13): 1406-12.

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Management: Pharmacologic

  • 30/244 AIDS patients admitted to hospital with AIDS related illness, developed delirium

  • Double blind randomization to lorazepam, chlorpromazine or haloperidol

  • Early cessation of lorazepam arm due to worsening sedation, confusion & ataxia

  • Chlorpromazine & haldoperidol arm improvement in delirium per DRS score, limited EPS and improved MMSE in chlorpromazine group @ 2d

Breitbart, W. Am J. Psych, 1996; 153: 231-237.

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Management: Pharmacologic Anti-psychotics

Typical: Haldol

Advantages: min sed

Disadvantages: lower sz thrshld; more EPS (even at low dose); not FDA-app for IV; can incr QTc; Torsades

Dose: 0.25-0.5mg po, IM, IV; can repeat in 30 mins x1; then dose q4h

t1/2=21h (10-38)

APA 1999

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Management:Pharmacologic Antipsychotics


Advantages: min sed, less EPS, hyperglycemia

Disadvantages: take time to work, no evidence in short-term; recent Black Box warning: vascular events!

Risperidone 0.25-0.5mg po bid t1/2=20-30h

EPS with high dose

Olanzapine (Zyprexa) 2.5-5mg po qd t1/2=30 (21-54h)

more anticholinergic

Quetiapine (Seroquel) 12.5-25mg po bid t ½=6h

less EPS risk

Van Zyl. Geriatrics 2006; 61(3): 18-21.

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Management: PharmacologicBenzodiazepines

Used best in w/d

Lorazepam 0.5-1mg po, IM, IV q6-8

(no first-pass, no renal adjustment)


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  • Prevent delirium.

    • Evaluate risk factors pre-admit, during and post hospitalization.

    • Adjust admit orders

  • It is important to develop a systematic approach for diagnosis of delirium, THEN (DOCUMENT!).

  • First use non-pharmacologic measures, then pharmacologic, to treat delirium.

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Case Revisited:

  • Mrs. Fleming is a 75 year old female with htn, OA, dm, cri (1.3) baseline and chronic AF. She lives alone in a 3 story home.

  • Meds: (Home)

    Lisinopril 20mg qam

    Asa 81 mg

    Celebrex 200mg qam

    Metformin 500mg bid

    Hctz 25mg qam

    Elavil 50 mg qhs

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Lisinopril 10mg qam

Hctz 25mg qam

Regular Insulin SS

0.9NS 150 cc/hr x 36hr

Elavil 50mg qhs

ASA 81mg qam

Darvocet N 1 q 6hr

Prosom 15mg qhs prn

Benadryl 25mg q 6hr itching, sleep

Vicodin 5/500mg q 4hr prn

Morphine 2-4 mg iv q 4hr

Zofran 4mg q 6hr prn n/v

Medicines In-hospital:

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Case revisited:

  • Currently, pt is quietly sitting in chair, picking at skin.

  • When asked what is she doing she notes, “ It is a shame you can’t afford extermination in this place!”

  • She then returns to her activity.

  • Her daughter notes she has not slept in 3 days and was incontinent of urine 2 days PTA.

  • Roommate notes she was lethargic and not answering questions a few moments ago.

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CAM Assessment: Is she Delirious?

  • Acute/fluctuating?

  • Inattentive?

  • Disorganized thinking?

  • Decreased level of consciousness?

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Review Dementia?

  • Dementia

    • Get further hx from family of baseline

    • Was dx missed or never made?

    • Prior hx of delirium during hospitalization?

    • Do serial cognitive assessment: MMSE

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Review Other Risks for Delirium:

  • Recent physical symptoms? Cough, chills, SOB

  • Psychiatric symptoms? None

  • Alcohol/Illicit drug use? 1 Highball nightly

  • Recent CNS trauma? No trauma other than hip

  • Recent stroke symptoms? No

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Case Revisited: Exam

  • Sat 88% ra, rr 28, p 100, bp 100/50, pain grimace

  • HEENT: Dry mucosa, no evidence cns contusion

  • Neck: No adenopathy or thyromegaly or jvd

  • Lungs: Increase fremitus and percussion dullness rt. base no use acc muscles

  • Heart: Irregular rhythm, rate 100, no murmur, rub or gallop

  • Abdomen: +bs, soft non distended, non tender

  • GU: +foley, no evidence retention

  • Neuro: Inattentive, disoriented, poor recall of hospital events, hyperalert at times, motor strength symmetric, normal sensory function, no hyper-reflexia, antalgic gait

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Case, cont’d

  • Labs: 10.5

    13.2 192


    148 110 56 128

    5.2 30 1.8

    UA: +LE, nitrite, 1.025, bacteria, rbc

    ECG: A. Fib rate 60s, no acute ST changes

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Poor po intake

Poor vision

> 3 new medications

Sensory impairment

Use of restraints

Bed bound status

>30 bun/creatinine ratio

Baseline cognitive deficits

Lack of pain control

Poor sleep

Case Revisited: What factors predisposed this patient for delirium?

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Metabolic derangements


Illicit drugs

Cardiac ischemia

Case Revisited: What factors precipitated delirium?

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Add lorazepam

Initiate sleep orders

Stop elavil

Stop lisinopril

Schedule tylenol

Add vicodin schedule

Stop combo analgesic

Explain condition to daughter

Zosyn 3.25 mg q 6h

Initiate oral hydration protocol

Start IVF

Reorientation protocol

Remove foley

Oxygen therapy

Case Revisited: How should we treat this patient?