D. Catherine Fuchs, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, was among a team of researchers who developed "The Preschool Confusion Assessment Method for the ICU: Valid and Reliable Delirium Monitoring for Critically Ill Infants and Children." The paper will be published in the journal Critical Care Medicine and is available to review online ahead of print.
The pediatric delirium team has developed a tool, the Preschool Confusion Assessment Method in the Intensive Care Unit, to screen for pediatric delirium in the preschool age child. Pediatric delirium is poorly recognized yet contributes to risk of morbidity and mortality. Recognizing delirium in the preschool child can lead to understanding of prevalence and to development of prevention and management strategies, thereby decreasing morbidity and mortality in this vulnerable age group.