Identify and assess delirium.
Patient in hospital or institution.
Elderly patient that either presents to the hospital or develops symptoms of altered mental status.
Acute cardiac/pulmonary events, bed rest, sedative or alcohol withdrawal, fluid/lyte abnormalities, infections, intracranial events, medications, anemia, uncontrolled pain, urinary retention or fecal impaction, indwelling devices, and restraints.
- Assessing the hospitalized patient for delirium
- Awareness of risk factors and medications for delirium
- Managing delirium with a completed diagnosis
[i] Inouye SK. The dilemma of delirium: Clinical and research controversies regarding diagnosis and evaluation of delirium in hospitalized elderly patients. Am J Med 1994; 97(3): 278-88. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=dilemma+of+delirum+clinical+and+research+controversies
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