Delirium and the older person

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Delirium is an acute syndrome characterised by

  • Changing levels of consciousness
  • Disorganised thinking
  • Inattention
  • Abnormal brain functioning

Some refer to it as an “acute brain failure,” that alters behaviour and function over a short period.

Delirium typically resolves within seven days, but it may persist for several weeks or months.

Symptoms of delirium are similar to and may occur in conjunction with other neurological conditions, such as dementia and depression.

It is important that those working with older people, especially nurses and midwife, are able to identify the signs of delirium and respond early to prevent deterioration, and ensure aged care residents receive the appropriate care.

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At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Describe the three types of delirium: hyperactive, hypoactive, and mixed delirium
  • Highlight risk factors for delirium
  • Identify the signs of delirium
  • Identify potential causes of delirium using the MISTE acronym
  • Understand the non-pharmacological interventions and pharmacological treatments that may be indicated to help manage delirium

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