Pediatric Delirium. Monitoring and Management in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University, 2200 Childrens Way, 3116 VCH, Nashville, TN 37232, USA. Electronic address: .
Pediatric Clinics of North America (Impact Factor: 2.12). 06/2013; 60(3):741-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.pcl.2013.02.010
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This review article updates the pediatric medical community on the current literature regarding diagnosis and treatment of delirium in critically ill children. This information will be of value to pediatricians, intensivists, and anesthesiologists in developing delirium monitoring and management protocols in their pediatric critical care units.

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    • "The etiology of pediatric delirium is multifactorial. It is often triggered by the underlying disease, exacerbated by the iatrogenic effects of treatment, and compounded by the unusual environment of the critical care unit (Schieveld et al. 2007; Creten et al. 2011; Smith et al. 2013). As an example, consider a 4-year-old child admitted with sepsis. "
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    • "It was designed as such to account for (1) a lack of baseline information if the parent was not available at the time of screening , often a limitation and obstacle for accurate assessment of mental status and behaviors in children , and (2) fluctuating mental status over the shift, a hallmark of delirium. Designed as an observational tool, the CAPD benefits from the patient– caregiver interaction (Smith et al., 2013), as the bedside nurse is usually the person with the most cumulative knowledge and experience of the patient on that day. This can be contrasted to the PAED, which was developed for use by an anesthesia nurse accompanying a waking patient postanesthesia. "
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