Professor Alison Mudge is a physician and health services researcher based at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and University of Queensland. Her multidisciplinary research team is focussed on improving care and outcomes of older inpatients, emphasising the value of team-based care and non-pharmacological interventions. She leads the Eat Walk Engage delirium prevention program now being established across multiple Queensland hospitals.
Delirium is the most common post-operative complication in older patients, affecting 10-50% of patients. It is distressing for patients, carers and staff, and is associated with higher care needs, longer hospitalisations, and higher future risk of dementia. Perioperative physicians must be aware of the risk factors, precipitating factors, diagnosis and management of delirium in the post-operative setting, and should advocate for evidence-based multidisciplinary delirium prevention programs for older patients. This presentation will summarise current evidence and recommendations for delirium prevention, diagnosis and management in surgical settings, and briefly discuss the relationship between delirium and other perioperative neurocognitive conditions.