Dexmedetomidine for prevention of delirium in elderly patients after non-cardiac surgery

Elliott A. Karren, Adam B. King, Christopher G. Hughes


Delirium is a common morbidity after surgery and in patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). The development of delirium is associated with increased hospital costs, prolonged hospital stays, and increased in-hospital mortality (1-3). Consequences of delirium continue to afflict patients even after hospital discharge.