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Delirium

by Shirley Sheroian

  • Delirium is a disturbance of consciousness with impaired attention and disorganized thinking or perceptual disturbance that develops acutely, has a fluctuating cause, and with evidence there is a underlying physiologic or medical condition causing the disorder.
  • Delirium is a common syndrome in hospitalized older adults that is associated with increased mortality, hospital costs, and long-term cognitive and functional impairment.
  • Delirium can be prevented with recognition of high-risk patients, implementation of standardized delirium-reduction protocol, and proactive geriatric/psychiatric consultation.
  • Risk factors and routine screening for delirium should be a part of comprehensive nursing care of older adults.

The following resources present information useful to healthcare professionals in the assessment and treatment of delirium in diverse patient populations.

Shirley Sheroian, PMHNP-BC
shirleysheroian@icloud.com