How do I improve delirium care for older surgical patients?
Jason Cross Advanced nurse practitioner, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London
Delirium is often the first sign of deterioration and should be treated as a medical emergency
Delirium is identified by a sudden onset of fluctuating altered consciousness with changes to perception and cognitive function. It is a serious condition, associated with poor outcomes, but can be prevented and managed effectively with early assessment, identification, simple interventions and early treatment (
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