Delirium Detection Using EEG

Delirium is a significant and prevalent problem among patients in the intensive care unit, but many clinicians struggle to diagnose it. Van der Kooi et al set out to determine the electrode derivation and electroencephalography (EEG) characteristic that have the best capability to distinguish patients with delirium from those without it.

The authors found that with two electrodes and 60 seconds of EEG data, delirium can be discriminated from nondelirium under certain circumstances. This intriguing study is important in that it highlights the possible technological direction in which delirium detection may be headed.

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