Philosopher and medical researcher to discuss patient delirium

James Jackson (Vanderbilt University)

Delirium in the intensive care unit can extend a patient’s stay in the hospital, raise how much that stay costs and increase the danger of death. On Thursday, April 7, a philosopher and a medical researcher will discuss delirium with each other and the audience at Vanderbilt University.

The public is invited to “Delirium in the ICU,” at 6:15 p.m. in Room 114 of Furman Hall on the Vanderbilt campus. It will be the third and last Berry Lecture in Public Philosophy of the semester.

Delirium is inattention and confusion that represents the brain temporarily failing. A person who is delirious is unable to think clearly and can’t make sense of what is going on around him or her.

Speaking on April 7 will be Cheryl Misak, professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, and James C. Jackson, assistant professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and member of the ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group at VUMC.

For more information see the ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group website.