NEW YORK (NBC) - A large portion of critically ill patients treated in intensive care units leave the hospital with long-lasting cognitive problems.
A Vanderbilt study of over 800 patients found 74 percent developed delirium while in the ICU.
Three months after they were discharged, 40 percent of patients had memory and thinking scores similar to people with a moderate brain injury and 26 percent scored similar to people with Alzheimer’s disease.
The impairment was found in both older and younger patients and persisted for up to a year.
Researchers say its imperative the medical community looks into why this is happening and finds a solution for patients.
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