Postoperative delirium, a common and serious postoperative complication, is closely associated with significant morbidity, functional decline, and death. When combined with traditional postoperative complications, delirium further worsens outcomes.1 Not surprisingly, there is enthusiasm for identifying a “magic bullet” to prevent delirium and thereby improve surgical outcomes in vulnerable older adults.
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