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Pharmacologic prevention of postoperative delirium.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
Publication Date
Volume
47
Issue
2
Pages
105–109
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00391-013-0598-1
PMID: 24619041
Source
Medline
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Abstract

There is some preliminary evidence that haloperidol, newer neuroleptics (e.g., risperidone or olanzapine), and melatonin may be effective in reducing the incidence of postoperative delirium, but the data are not robust. Health care teams should still focus on traditional delirium prevention efforts, and reserve specific pharmacologic prevention to individual high-risk patients for whom the risks and benefits have been carefully considered.

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