Management of delirium in medicine : experience of a close observation unit

Eeles, Eamonn, Thompson, Leah, McCrow, Judy, & Pandy, Shaun (2013) Management of delirium in medicine : experience of a close observation unit. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 32(1), pp. 60-63.

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Objective(s): A new model of care for the management of patients with delirium was developed and evaluated.

Method: A 4-bedded Close Observation Unit (COU) was introduced. The model comprised an education strategy for assistants in nursing (AIN), environmental adaptations and AIN to patient ratio of 1:4. Outcomes in all patients with delirium before and after introduction of the new model of care were compared.

Results: 105 patients were admitted to COU, of whom 100 (95%) were diagnosed with delirium. In-hospital mortality improved after introduction of the unit (15% versus 5%; p=0.002) without significant change in length of stay, discharge destination or falls frequency.

Conclusion: A dedicated unit for delirium management within medicine achieved a reduction in mortality.

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ID Code: 55982
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12007
ISSN: 1741-6612
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
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Deposited On: 20 Dec 2012 23:02
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 14:44

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