- Poster presentation
- Open Access
Manifestations and clinical course of delirium tremens in the ICU
© BioMed Central Ltd. 2010
- Published: 1 March 2010
- Mechanical Ventilation
- Hospital Mortality
- Total Hospital
The aim of our study is to describe clinical progress, need for mechanical ventilation (MV), complications and mortality of patients with delirium tremens (DT) admitted to our ICU.
Patients with a diagnosis of DT admitted to a medical ICU of a tertiary hospital from January 2001 to December 2008 were included. We recorded: admission diagnosis, pathologies associated with DT, APACHE II score, treatment, need for MV and duration, complications, length of stay in the ICU and total hospital stay, mortality and survival at 2 years.
Even though our patients with DT are frequently admitted to the ICU, this is a pathology that most of the time has a benign course with low hospital mortality and high rate of survival at 2 years. These patients are regular users of the health system. The occurrence of complications and the need for MV in our patients were low, and were present in the group of DT with other diagnoses.