Study finds delirium is a consequential outcome of critically ill patients with COVID-19

Researchers at the University of Michigan unveiled the neuropsychological consequences of COVID-19 contagion in a study released in BMJ Open.

According to researchers, about 150 patients with COVID-19 were included in the study. The patients had been admitted to the intensive care unit at Michigan Medicine between March and May of 2020.

The findings indicate that as many as 73 percent of patients had experienced delirium as a result of COVID contagion.

“Delirium was identified in 73% patients, with median (IQR) duration lasting 4–17 days. In the delirium cohort, 50% of patients were African American and delirious patients were more likely to be female (70%),” the results showed.

“Patients with COVID-19 commonly experience a prolonged course of delirium in the intensive care unit, likely with multiple contributing factors. Furthermore, neuropsychological impairment may persist after discharge,” the authors also found.

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