Center for Continued Nursing Learning


Monitoring for and Managing Delirium: Mandate for Patient Safety

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Delirium occurs in all settings. It is an emergency manifested by an acute decline in attention and cognition. Delirium is a potentially preventable clinical syndrome among persons who are 65 years of age or older as well as younger persons suffering from severe illnesses. Although some think of delirium as a benign, transient disorder that requires constant supervision to prevent falls and pulling out of therapeutic tubes, it is in fact an independent predictor of bad things to come;prolonged hospitalization, increased costs, loss of independence, and increased morbidity and mortality. The hospital stays for approximately 20% of elders and 60-80% of ventilated patients are complicated by delirium. This workshop will give you the tools to recognize and manage delirium in order to prevent or mitigate negative consequences and keep the patient safe.

Objectives include:

1.  Identify common signs and symptoms of delirium

2.  Describe the severity and prevalence of delirium

3.  Describe populations most at risk for delirium

4.  Recognize common assessment tools including CAM, CAM-ICU, DRS, Nu-DESC and NEECHAM

5.  Identify preventative interventions for patients at risk for delirium

6.  Design a plan of care using interventions for a delirious patient, including other members of the health team

Presenter:  Carrie Lang, RN

Fee:  $79.00     Contact Hours:  3.8