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Medical Term:

ICU psychosis


Definition: 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.

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