Recognising and preventing delirium

Adult Services
Health and Well Being
Mental Health
Mental Health: Adults
Health and Social Care

Posted: 10 September 2018
Website: https://www.nice.org.uk/

This is a quick guide for care home managers. Delirium is preventable in 30% of cases. Delirium is a sudden change in a person’s mental state. It is a serious condition that is sometimes mistaken for dementia or, more rarely, depression.

Unlike dementia, delirium develops quickly and is usually temporary. Having delirium can mean:

  • longer hospital stays
  • increased risk of dementia
  • increased mortality.
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