Delirium is an acute change in mental status typically caused by a medical condition.
For patients over age 65 in the intensive care setting, the incidence of delirium is 87%. According to a report in MEDSURG Nursing, by identifying mental status changes early, the nurse is in a strategic position to prevent delirium in 30%-40% of at-risk patients.
An interdisciplinary team approach can prevent, diagnose, and treat delirium to improve safety, reduce cost of care, and optimize patient outcomes.
To learn more, see Fraught (2014). Delirium: The nurse’s role in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. MEDSURG Nursing, 23(5), 301-305.