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How do I manage the care of an older person with delirium?

Delirium can have devastating effects on an older person, increasing the risk of dementia and mortality. National guidelines recommend prompt detection by screening older people for delirium on admission to hospital
Nurse attending to an older patient who is experiencing and needs hydration

Delirium can have devastating effects on an older person, increasing the risk of dementia and mortality. National guidelines recommend prompt detection by screening older people for delirium on admission to hospital

Delirium is a condition that causes an acute confusional state and 96% of cases in the hospital setting are experienced by older people ( Royal College of Nursing 2020 ). As a result of delirium, many older people spend longer in hospital and require complex care during their stay, and some require ongoing care in the community.

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