Delirium Clinical Care Standard

Delirium is an acute change in mental status that is common among older people in hospital. Characterised by a disturbance of consciousness, attention, cognition and perception that develops over a short period of time (usually hours to a few days), delirium is a serious condition and is associated with increased risk of harm.

The Commission launched the Delirium Clinical Care Standard and accompanying resources in July 2016, to support safe, high-quality and appropriate care for patients with, or at risk of, delirium.

Compared with people of the same age who do not have delirium, people with delirium have an increased risk of death, increased risk of falls, a greater chance of being discharged to a higher dependency of care, and a greater chance of developing dementia.

Find out more or download the Delirium Clinical Care Standard.

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