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Care home staff can detect the difference between delirium, dementia and depression

27 February 2012

Nursing Older People


Prevention of delirium is an important part of looking after care home residents, however, it can be difficult to detect, especially in those who have dementia. This...

Delirium and dementia in acute hospitals: assessing the impact of RMN input

13 November 2008

Nursing Older People


There is evidence that provision for the mental health needs of older people in acute hospitals is generally poor. This article describes a study undertaken over a...

An intervention to reduce delirium in care homes

01 May 2010

Nursing Older People


This article describes delirium and explains why its prevention is important. An enhanced educational package that was developed with care home staff to prevent...

Delirium part one: clinical features, risk factors and assessment

28 March 2007

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Delirium is a common and under-reported problem in older adults. A lack of consensus over the terminology used to describe delirium may contribute to its...

Improving the identification of patients with delirium using the 4AT assessment

14 November 2018

Nursing Older People

Mental health

Delirium is a common neuropsychiatric disorder that all those working with older people will have encountered at some stage. Delirium is often poorly identified in...

Nursing care for people with delirium superimposed on dementia

31 March 2017

Nursing Older People

Evidence & practice

Nursing and healthcare is changing in response to an ageing population. There is a renewed need for holistic nursing to provide clinically competent, appropriate and...

Delirium part two: nursing management

04 April 2007

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Delirium is a common and under-reported problem in older adults. It can have a negative effect on patient outcomes and nurses often fail to identify it. This is the...

Assessment and management of older patients with delirium in acute settings

02 May 2018

Nursing Older People

Mental health

This article aims to assist nurses and nursing students to consider the presentation of delirium in older patients and the resulting assessment and nursing...

Inclusion of carers when confused relatives are admitted to hospital

28 May 2015

Nursing Older People

Art & Science

It is well recognised that many older people have dementia but have never been investigated or received a formal diagnosis. If they are admitted to acute hospitals...

Managing verbal agitation in people with dementia and delirium

26 February 2016

Nursing Older People

Art & Science

Patients with dementia and delirium in acute hospitals can exhibit verbal agitation, but there is no research on rate of occurrence or how ward staff manage such...