Symptoms And Treatment Of Delirium

1843 WordsDec 15, 20158 Pages
Introduction Delirium in hospitalized older adults is one of the most difficult presentations for nurses to recognize. There are many reasons that delirium is difficult to recognize, some include but are not limited to: the amount of medications that older adults are prescribed, the effects of anesthesia on the older adult, the nurses lack of knowledge regarding atypical presentations, and critical older adults may have difficulty expressing themselves and their needs. Delirium may be misdiagnosed due to lack of assessment technique or lack of knowledge by the clinical staff of cognitive illnesses. There are many factors that can put an older adult at risk for delirium, which will be discussed later in the paper. Neurological changes that can have an acute change may include behavioral changes, perceptual changes, emotional changes, or psychomotor changes. Delirium also puts the patient at risk for longer hospital stays, and due to the length of stay, the patients ' are at higher risk for falls, skin breakdown, and urinary tract infections (SITE: MEDSURG, 318)The purpose of the paper is to look into new research and evidence that effectively helps nurses recognize delirium in older adults, as well as ways to manage delirium. Delirium is a significant topic of the older hospitalized population. If not recognized early and managed correctly, it is possible for delirium to persist past discharge, and up to six months. This can be extremely devastating to the patient as well
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