Practice question

How can nurses identify and manage patients with delirium?

Emergency department nurses can encounter people presenting with signs of delirium and need to recognise it and effectively manage the patient and their family

Emergency department nurses can encounter people presenting with signs of delirium and need to recognise it and effectively manage the patient and their family

Emergency nurses can play a pivotal role in identifying and managing patients with delirium. People presenting to the emergency department (ED) with delirium will often be older and frail, with co-morbidities, such as dementia.

Unlike dementia, delirium can develop quickly, and could result in a longer hospital admission, as well as increased risk of dementia and mortality ( National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) 2017 ). Half

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