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Family, friends beat pros at delirium ID

A review of more than 6,000 scientific papers on delirium screening revealed six tools family members and other caregivers can use to help medical professionals recognize symptoms. Despite routine screening, more than 60% of older adults with delirium are not diagnosed in hospitals, and problems also can arise in other settings. A study published online…

Tim Mullaney

Dreams or delirium? Why making the right call is important

As they approach death, people often are transported across time and space to be reunited with loved ones and relive meaningful moments. They do so in dreams and visions, which frequently are a source of great comfort, according to a recently published study. But nursing home and hospice caregivers might not be so comfortable with these dreams — which could lead to patients experiencing less peaceful deaths.

Debi Damas

Delirium can hurt survey results

Delirium can be deadly if not diagnosed and treated. If that should occur, we all know that an Immediate Jeopardy citation is just around the corner. Don’t let that happen to you and your residents.

Debi Damas

Delirium: The meaning behind the behavior

Behaviors are kind of like figuring out a mystery sometimes. And what helped stop a behavior today does not mean it will necessarily work tomorrow. And what may have caused the behavior today may be far more indicative of a serious medical issue – as is the case with delirium — tomorrow.

Cheryl Swann

Depression, Dementia or Delirium: Which “D” is it?

Mr. Andrews was listless this morning, staring at his food as if he didn’t know what to do with it. Normally he eats a big breakfast and jokes with the staff about his ability to eat a lot and not gain weight. He urinated in the bed, something he has never done. His caregivers wonder what could be going on with Mr. Andrews. Is he depressed? He did lose his wife 3 months ago. Is he starting to get dementia?

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