Chapter 24. Delirium

  1. Brian H. Rowe MD, MSc, CCFP(EM), FCCP Professor Research Director
  1. Denise Nassisi MD Assistant Professor and
  2. Andy Jagoda MD Professor

Published Online: 27 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch24

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

How to Cite

Nassisi, D. and Jagoda, A. (2008) Delirium, in Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine (ed B. H. Rowe), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch24

Editor Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Author Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 31 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405161435

Online ISBN: 9781444303674



  • delirium - challenging clinical scenario for ED practitioners;
  • delirium - medical emergency requiring evaluation and treatment;
  • physical assessment of patient with delirium;
  • differential diagnosis of etiologies of delirium;
  • Mini Mental Status Examination (MMSE);
  • delirium - marker for serious underlying medical illness;
  • American Psychiatric Association - “Practice guideline for treatment of patients with delirium”;
  • Federal Drug Agency's warning for droperidol


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Clinical scenario

  • Background

  • Clinical questions

  • General search strategy

  • Critical review of the literature

  • Conclusions

  • References