Delirium and COVID-19

Information for Monash Health employees about delirium in the context of COVID-19

Delirium and Covid-19

Delirium is a serious condition characterised by an acute change in mental state. Delirium develops quickly and symptoms can fluctuate throughout the day. A person with delirium may experience disturbances in consciousness, attention, perception and cognition.

COVID-19 was initially thought to be predominantly a respiratory disease. However, evidence is now emerging that particularly in older adults, COVID-19 may present with atypical symptoms including delirium.

Prevention is the most effective strategy, but outcomes for patients with delirium can also be improved by early detection and intervention. At Monash Health there is a number of resources that can assist in caring for patients with cognitive impairment, available below.


Delirium and Covid-19: The Quick Fact Sheet

Pdf document with important information about COVID-19 and delirium.

Sunflower Tool

Microsoft Office document; a communication tool to help employees get to know patients experiencing cognitive disturbance

Delirium in Hospital Clinical Guidelines (PROMPT)

Clinical guidelines for employees working with patients who are at risk of or diagnosed with delirium

Acute Behvioural Disturbance Clinical Guidelines (PROMPT)

Clinical guidelines for employees on the effective management of acute behavioural disturbance in patients

Hospital Care for Adult Patients with COVID-19 Clinical Guidelines (PROMPT)

Clinical guidelines for employees on working with patients with, or suspected of having, COVID-19

Delirium in Hospital Patient Information (PROMPT)

Information for patients, families and carers about delirium in hospital

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