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Top Stories: Trying To Prevent Intensive Care Hospital Patients From Going Delirious


The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Thirty to 80 percent of patients in intensive care units go through a period of profound confusion known as ICU delirium. 

As part of KERA’s Breakthroughs project exploring the leading edge of health, science and technology, KERA’s Lauren Silverman reports from Parkland Hospital, where doctors and nurses are taking part in a national effort to prevent delirium.

Other stories this morning:

  • A federal judge has ruled that the state of Texas cannot cut off Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood. Texas Public Radio’s Shelley Kofler reports. 

  • Priorities for the Texas House this legislative session include dealing with outdated hospitals. At yesterday’s first meeting of the House Committee on Public Health, Mike Maples with the state Health Services department said replacing five old hospitals is near the top of the agency’s priority list. 

 You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.

Gus Contreras is a digital producer and reporter at KERA News. Gus produces the local All Things Considered segment and reports on a variety of topics from, sports to immigration. He was an intern and production assistant for All Things Considered in Washington D.C.