Sorting through the confusion: Adverse cognitive change after surgery in adults

Published

Journal Article

Cognitive change after surgery has become a common topic of research. However, postoperative delirium, emergence delirium, and postoperative cognitive dysfunction are not always phenomenologically distinct. The difficulty in distinguishing between different types of cognitive change after surgery is further complicated by the variety of measurement techniques applied to emergence delirium and postoperative cognitive dysfunction. Confusing one type of cognitive change after surgery with another has adverse implications for research and clinical practice. Therefore, to be effective clinicians and educated consumers of research into cognitive change after surgery, nurse anesthetists must be aware of the differences and similarities in postoperative delirium, emergence delirium, and postoperative cognitive dysfunction. To address this need, this course compares the history, characteristics, and limitations of the existing definitions for postoperative delirium, emergence delirium, and postoperative cognitive dysfunction.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wofford, K; Vacchiano, C

Published Date

  • August 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 79 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 335 - 342

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0094-6354

Citation Source

  • Scopus