Second Opinion: Hospital Delirium

Second Opinion: Hospital Delirium

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 8:30pm

Donna Smith

Credit: Nic Minetor

While caring for her mother, Donna Smith learned for the first time about Hospital Delirium. The family worked closely with her medical team to get her out of bed, sharing old stories and eventually getting her placed in a rehab center. Hospital Delirium is a grossly misunderstood issue in ICUs in our country, but Donna and the medical experts delve into the topic in a way that will help countless people who are unaware of the issue. Although the story has a sad ending, the information shared will help others face these challenges.

Second Opinion: Hospital Delirium airs Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Produced by WXXI, in partnership with the University of Rochester Medical Center and West 175 Productions, Second Opinion focuses on health literacy in an engaging, entertaining, and accessible way. A patient story provides the backbone of each episode as host Dr. Peter Salgo leads a panel of medical experts through the twists and turns of one patient's real-life medical mystery. New this season, Second Opinion introduces each patient in their own home environment to provide a personal look at the circumstances surrounding their medical condition. To help deepen the very human, personal storytelling, the patient later meets a panel of experts in the studio, before a live studio audience, to continue the discussion.

Also new this season are special field segments, “Medical Innovations,” that feature doctors and researchers who are doing cutting-edge work in areas of diagnostics, treatment, and surgery. To close each episode, the patient shares their advice from home, a personal message to help people dealing with the disease or condition.

The series, now in its 14th season, hosts a comprehensive web site, SecondOpinion-tv.org, where visitors can watch full episodes of the series and access medical information through searchable video, resources, and transcripts. Viewers can follow Second Opinion on Twitter at: @SecondOpinionTV and on Facebook at: facebook.com/secondopiniontv.

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