Manage Postoperative Pain to Reduce Delirium Risk
New guidelines will help clarify the best way to prevent and treat postoperative delirium in older patients.
Delirium is the most common surgical complication...occurring in up to 50% of older adults. Some risk factors are age > 65...dementia...and poor hearing or vision.
Try to limit meds that can contribute to confusion such as anticholinergics (TCAs, oxybutynin, etc) and diphenhydramine.