The geriatric population has a greater incidence of postoperative delirium as compared to the rest of the general population. This paper will be a summation of the article submitted this year in the American Journal of Critical Care, Postoperative Delirium after Colorectal Surgery in Older Adults (Mangnall, Gallagher, & Stein-Parbury, 2011) in which postoperative delirium was evaluated by nursing researchers on patients 50 years of age and greater.
This study was done at Sydney Adventist Hospital, Sydney Australia and explored the issues of patients greater than 50 years of age for exhibited symptoms of postoperative delirium after major colorectal surgery. Delirium is associated with greater levels of aversive outcomes and
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The patients that were chosen for the study were from a group that were having an elective procedure, 50 years old or greater in age, and able to read and comprehend English. Those that had any mental dysfunction or drug abuse were excluded. Consent to be included in the study was obtained prior to surgery. The study was approved by both the hospital and university human research ethics committees, which operate under the auspices of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. Guidelines followed in the approval process are in keeping with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975 and the revision of 2000. Of the initial 177 eligible possibilities a final population of 118 males and females greater than 50 years of age were accepted. 59 were excluded for variable problems after they made the initial list of eligibility. There were 54% women, 46% men, mean age was 71.81, and 64% were married. The researches then assessed these patients using the Confusion Assessment Method, an algorithmic tool, otherwise known as CAM for 72 hours post surgically. “Nurses, particularly in critical care and acute surgical units, have the most frequent contact with postoperative patients and therefore are in the best position to detect cognitive changes associated with delirium” (Milisen, Lemiengre, Braes, & Foreman, 2005). All 118 patients had three postoperative delirium tests completed. They were assessed in a