Delirium Transitions in the Medical ICU: Exploring the Role of Sleep Quality and Other Factors

Written by one of the more productive groups in the field, the authors evaluated the link of perceived sleep quality ratings along with other patient and ICU risk factors with the development of delirium on a daily basis in 223 medical ICU patients over a 201 day period. Interestingly, the author’s found no association between daily perceived sleep quality ratings and transition to delirium. As reported in other publications, the authors found infusion of benzodiazepines and opioids in mechanically ventilated patients as risk factors for the development of delirium.