Introduction: The hospitalization of post cardiac surgery ICU patients constitutes a complex mixture of procedures affected by a variety of clinical, administrational and technical aspects of care. The respective cost may drastically increase due to these patients’ increased clinical needs, including also the clinical state of delirium which is a quite common complication following this type of operation. Methods: Τhe study included 179 consecutive patients who underwent open heart operation with cardiopulmonary bypass. The Confusion Assessment Method (CAM-ICU) was used for delirium diagnosis. Hospitalization outcomes were recorded by measuring certain intra - and post - operative procedure time intervals, along with the ICU and in-hospital length of stay as well.
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