ICU psychosis | definition of ICU psychosis by Medical dictionary
psychotic episode(s), classically occurring in coronary care patients, occurring within 24 hours after entering the ICU in patients with no previous history of psychosis; related to sleep deprivation, overstimulation in the ICU, and time spent on life support systems; should be distinguished from exacerbation of a preexisting psychosis or an organic psychosis such as delirium.A type of organic brain syndrome characterised by an array of psychological reactions, including fear, anxiety, depression, hallucinations, and delirium, attributed to the unique ICU environment in which there is 24/7 activity, harsh stimuli, unfamiliar people, uncomfortable procedures, and overwhelming technology
ICU psy·cho·sis (sī-kō'sis)
Psychotic episode(s) occurring within 24 hours after entering the intensive care unit in people with no previous history of psychosis; related to sleep deprivation, overstimulation, and time spent on life support systems.
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