Delirium & Agitation
Delirium is one of the most prevalent and problematic conditions seen in general hospitals. However, knowledge about its etiology and its differential diagnosis is often inadequate. This often leads to under-recognition and under-treatment, which contributes to higher rates of morbidity, disability, and mortality. In this symposium we will elaborate upon delirium’s pathophysiology, diagnosis, prediction, prevention, and, treatment, as well as describe how the hallmarks of delirium can be effectively taught to a multidisciplinary audience. By doing so, trainees and life-long learners will be guided in the art of creating a differential diagnosis, deciding upon evaluation strategies, formulating treatment, instituting preventive interventions, and embarking on creative teaching strategies.
Audience participation will be encouraged to incorporate experiences of the attendees into the presentations and discussion.
In this 90-minute symposium, 5 minutes will be used to introduce the symposium and the speakers. Each presenter will speak for 15 minutes, leaving 25 minutes for questions from, and for discussion with, the audience. Concluding comments and directions for the future will round out the session.
Presentations and discussion will serve as a valuable educational experience; it will show why delirium is the most important psychiatric condition seen among those with medical/surgical illness and how trainees and practitioners of several disciplines can be taught about it more effectively. Such knowledge and strategies will position practitioners of consultation-liaison (C-L) psychiatry well for the future.