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Alzheimer’s proteins in ICU survivors

Mar. 27, 2018—The cognitive impairment that affects patients who survive a stay in the ICU does not appear to have a similar mechanism to Alzheimer’s disease, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

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Medication safety in the ICU

Sep. 19, 2017—Facilitated reporting of medication-related events in the intensive care unit can provide opportunities for optimizing quality of care and patient safety.

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Risk factors for delirium

Sep. 13, 2016—High levels of blood markers for vascular endothelial dysfunction were associated with longer periods of confusion in ICU patients, Vanderbilt researchers have discovered.

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Philosopher and medical researcher to discuss patient delirium

Apr. 5, 2016—Delirium in the ICU is the subject of a Vanderbilt University Medical Center group's research, which will be represented April 7 at a delirium forum in Furman Hall.

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A bundle, a dashboard and lasting pneumonia reduction

Oct. 20, 2015—A “bundle” of electronically implemented care guidelines reduced intensive care unit patient complications related to mechanical ventilation.

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Risk of death in the ICU

Oct. 15, 2015—The irregular heart rhythm atrial fibrillation increases the risk of death in patients in the intensive care unit.

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Physical signs of depression common among ICU survivors

Apr. 17, 2014—Depression affects more than one out of three survivors of critical illness, according to a Vanderbilt study released in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, and the majority of patients experience their symptoms physically rather than mentally.

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Delirium increases long-term disability

Mar. 17, 2014—Patients who suffer a longer duration of delirium in the intensive care unit are more likely to experience long-term disability after discharge.

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VUCast: Startling brain-related study on critically ill patients

Oct. 16, 2013—In the latest VUCast: ICU patients are leaving hospitals with a dementia-like disease; What’s the fate of the Republican Party?; Hear from Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Distinguished Visiting Professor Jon Meacham; and It's time to celebrate -- the Rate My Professor 2013 rankings are in. All this and more in Vanderbilt’s online newscast. Watch now.

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A role for blood vessels in delirium?

Apr. 15, 2013—Dysfunction of the endothelial cells that line blood vessels may contribute to delirium and coma in critically ill patients – and could be a target for therapy.

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Grant to bolster care of ventilated ICU patients

Nov. 15, 2012—Vanderbilt University Medical Center investigators have received a $2.8 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to continue studying ways to improve sedation management for intensive care unit patients who are on mechanical ventilators.

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Pathways to delirium in the ICU

Apr. 17, 2012—Study suggests that the “kynurenine” biochemical pathway could be a target for reducing delirium and coma in critically ill patients.

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