Confusion, hallucinations, agitation : the stay in intensive care is like a nightmare for many patients with the COVID-19.
In the United States, a preliminary study of 144 people who were hospitalized in medical centers of Indiana for severe infection with the novel coronavirus reveals that nearly three out of four patients experienced a confusional state acute.
This state, which may give rise to terrifying hallucinations, lasted about a week and was more likely to occur in individuals connected to an artificial respirator. In France, in the framework of another study of 40 patients hospitalized in Strasbourg, two in three have also experienced this syndrome.
Confusional state acute during hospitalization is a condition that is known to doctors for a long time, especially those working in intensive care.
It has several causes. This may be a symptom of the disease plaguing the patient, but also the result of the medication or sedation that we’re giving, a cognitive pre-existing, or a combination of these factors.
It is easy to recognize by events such as a disturbance of consciousness, inattention, or disorganization of thought.
In previous research, this phenomenon has been associated with hospitalizations, longer and a higher risk of mortality.
Then we saw it, particularly among the elderly, it would be, since the beginning of the pandemic, most frequently in hospitals, affecting patients of all ages, even without cognitive consent.
In the american study mentioned above, which has not yet been assessed by peers, the average age of patients who experienced a confusional state was 58 years and 30% of them were between 18 and 49 years of age.
According to experts consulted by the New York Times, the pandemic coronavirus brings together all of the ingredients that are likely to cause states of confusion : seriously ill patients are often placed on respirators, artificial, treated with sedatives are heavy and sometimes locked.
The lack of sleep and social interactions limited are other factors.
In mid-may, an analysis conducted by the University College of London, from data and existing research on the SARS-CoV-2, and other coronavirus, posited that one in four people hospitalized for the COVID-19 experiencing a confusional state.
— With the QMI Agency