This Course is designed to update healthcare professionals on the syndrome of delirium in older patients. Delirium will be defined and explained, and nursing management will be discussed. Specific delirium screening tools will be presented in great details, allowing health professionals to better recognise the syndrome of delirium in older patients.
DefineDefine delirium and its causes
IdentifyIdentify and apply delirium assessment tools
EmployEmploy recommended principles of delirium management
Judy Deimel is a Nurse Practitioner of Cognitive Health. Her credentialing includes 19 years’ experience in acute, ambulatory community and residential care where her predominant workload has been managing individuals with cognitive impairment. Her project work has included two years clinical practice exploring models of practice for Nurse Practitioners in Aged Care. Judy is currently employed as a Consultant with the Severe Behaviour Response Teams and performs contract work with SA Health as a clinical cognitive rater for international dementia drug trials. She is also engaged by the University of South Australia as a casual lecturer in the Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) course. Judy is a prior winner of the South Australian Premier’s Australasian Nursing Scholarship. She is a member of the CALHN Memory Service Working Group and Alzheimer’s Australia SA. Her passion is timely dementia diagnoses with equitable access to services and healthcare education in the 3 Ds (Dementia, Delirium and Depression).
- What is delirium?
- Differential diagnosis
- Delirium management
All health professionals who work with older adults who may have delirium.
Update health professionals on the syndrome of delirium, ensuring the appropriate application of prevention, assessment and management strategies to improve outcomes of care.
Delirium is an acute disorder of attention and cognition that affects as many as 50% of the older population (those aged 65 years or older). Delirium is common, serious, costly, under-recognised, and frequently results in institutionalisation and death.
Delirium has been likened to a cognitive superbug penetrating all healthcare environments, spreading across acute care, residential aged care and the community.
Delirium Guidelines indicate delirium is easier to prevent than to treat and that 30—40% of delirium cases are preventable. This Course examines delirium indicators and the subsequent poor outcomes, which justifies health professionals to ask, does my older patient have delirium?
Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.