Erin Dean , Freelance health journalist
Delirium is a state of heightened mental confusion that mainly affects older people. This serious condition typically develops over one to two days and is associated with poor outcomes. People who have delirium have increased risk of needing long-term care and experiencing hospital-acquired complications such as falls and pressure ulcers. It is also associated with higher mortality rates. However, it can often be prevented and treated if dealt with quickly.
Nursing Standard. 32, 8, 15-15. doi: 10.7748/ns.32.8.15.s16
Want to read more?
Subscribe for unlimited access
Try 1 month’s access for just £1 and get:
- Full access to nursingstandard.com and the Nursing Standard app
- The monthly digital edition
- RCNi Portfolio and interactive CPD quizzes
- RCNi Learning with 200+ evidence-based modules
- 10 articles a month from any other RCNi journal
Already subscribed? Log in
Alternatively, you can purchase access to this article for the next seven days. Buy now