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Jorjani Biomed J 2012, 0(1): 23-29 Back to browse issues page
The Incidence of Delirium in Patients After Surgery in Recovery Room
Leila M Juybari , Seyyedeh Fatemeh H Hosseini , Samieh Ghana , Samira Saeedi , Akram Sanagoo
Associate Professor Gorgan, Iran.
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Background and objective:

Delirium is an acute and transient disorder in the function of the brain. Although the main core of this syndrome is consciousness disorder and deficiencies in attention and concentration, the general deficiency is seen in all psychological areas of thinking, temperament, cognition, language, speaking, sleeping, and mental-motional and other cognitive areas. Delirium is often seen in recovery room and is a predictor of post-operative delirium in the general ward. This study was conducted to determine the incidence of delirium in patients after surgery in the recovery room.

Materials and Methods:

This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted on 75 patients after general and orthopedic surgery and in the recovery room of the educational-therapeutic center of Gorgan in 1389 using the DESC-Nu nursing delirium screening scale. Data was analyzed using chi-square descriptive and analytical statistics and T-test.


Among the 75 studied patients in the recovery room after orthopedic surgery and general surgery, 53.3% were women with a mean age of 48.7. The mean surgery duration was 129.21 minutes. 26.6% had been under spinal anesthesia and 73.3% had been under general anesthesia. Delirium was observed in 30.6% of all the patients. Delirium was observed in 21.3% of patients having orthopedic surgery and 9.3% of the patients having general surgery. Delirium had a significant statistical relation with the variables of age, gender, and type of surgery (p<0.05).


This study showed that 30.6% of patients had delirium. Male and older patients having orthopedic surgery were more vulnerable. Therefore, usual assessment of delirium in recovery room to identify patients with delirium can be a guide of nurses’ appropriate care of patients after surgery.
Keywords: Delirium, Recovery, Surgery
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Type of Study: Original paper | Subject: General
Received: 2014/09/25 | Accepted: 2014/09/25 | Published: 2014/09/25
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juybari L M, hosseini S F H, Ghana S, Saeedi S, Sanagoo A. The Incidence of Delirium in Patients After Surgery in Recovery Room. Jorjani Biomed J. 2012; 0 (1) :23-29
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