At least 16% of patients admitted to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) have delirium. These patients have worse outcomes, including poor functional recovery and increased hospital readmissions. Dementia is the most common risk factor for delirium, so it is very common in LTC settings. Delirium is often the first sign of an acute illness. Without formal screening, the diagnosis of delirium (especially hypoactive delirium) is missed.
This session will describe how to diagnosis delirium, differentiate it from dementia and review the multifactorial causes of delirium. We will explain how you can design and implement an interdisciplinary program in your facility to prevent and manage delirium.
Describe delirium and differentiate it from dementia.
Describe and effectively assess for the multifactorial causes of delirium.
Formulate a management plan for delirium cases.
Design and implement a program integrating medicine, nursing, activities, and therapy to prevent and/or manage delirium.