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July 1972

The Experience of Open Heart SurgeryIII. Toward a Definition and Understanding of Postcardiotomy Delirium

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn
Accepted for publication Feb 16, 1971.; From the departments of psychiatry and medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, and the Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1972;27(1):57-63. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1972.01750250047006

This communication describes the experiences of 76 patients undergoing cardiac surgery with particular focus placed upon the mental status, in terms of intact or deficient cognitive processes and psychological adjustment preoperatively. The interaction of these factors with those of the operative and postoperative experience is also considered. The results of this study suggest that what has been identified as postcardiotomy delirium is a complex of behavior dependent on all of these factors. Specific postoperative behavioral states are identified.