MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Bheeshma Ravi, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: Delirium is an acute change in mental status characterized by fluctuating disturbances of consciousness and attention. Elderly patients are prone to delirium after surgery; this contributes significantly to post-operative morbidity and can also lead to long-term disability.
Our study found that among older adults undergoing hip fracture surgery, both an increased duration of surgery and a general anesthetic are associated with an increased risk for post-operative delirium.