Kids In Intensive Care At Risk Of Delusions, Hallucinations

July 2, 2008

 According to a new study, children who are admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit have an increased risk of having delusions or hallucinations. The study found that nearly 70% of children who are admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit end up suffering from these problems..Boston (ChattahBox) – According to a new study, children who are admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit have an increased risk of having delusions or hallucinations. The study found that nearly 70% of children who are admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit end up suffering from these problems.

For the study, Researchers interviewed around 100 children, all over the age of 7-years old. All of the kids were in the ICU before as well.

Kids apparently have a hard time in the ICU. Those who suffer from delusions or hallucinations while in the ICU end up being more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder after being released from the hospital.

The lead author of the study, Gillian Colville stated “I have worked for 16 years in pediatric intensive care and have seen a considerable number of children in distress, but have found that there is very little in the literature about children's experiences.”

Kids were at the highest risk of delusions and hallucinations after being taken off of sedatives used in pediatric intensive care units.

More research is planned to see which types of sedatives used in the ICU on children.

The study has been published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.


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