Wednesday 17 March is World Delirium Awareness Day.
The aim is to raise awareness and highlight this often under-recognised but preventable condition. Delirium is a serious medical condition where people’s cognition and attention fluctuate. This can often develop over a very short period of time.
Delirium is relevant to all clinical areas, anyone can develop delirium, and one in five hospitalised patients experience delirium on any given shift. People in hospital, and in particular older patients and those with pre-existing cognitive impairment, are at greater risk. However, if delirium is identified early, it can be managed and ultimately improve the health outcomes of our patients.
During March, we have showcased some of the recent improvements under our Delirium and Dementia Initiative. The Initiative provides a framework for improved care of patients with dementia and delirium, including screening, diagnosis, management, follow-up and education for patients, families and staff.
“World Delirium Awareness Day, is an opportunity to highlight Delirium and the impact it can have on our patients, staff and family. Monash Health have a comprehensive framework to detect delirium early and provide person centred care. Our goal is to make sure we are delirium aware every day.”
Brianna Walpole, Cognition Clinical Lead, Rehabilitation and Aged Care Services
“Delirium has far-reaching consequences for hospital inpatients, including death, new or worsened dementia, and needing to move into residential care. It is also one of the main factors associated with falls and occupational violence and aggression. The Monash Health Delirium and Dementia Initiative provides a comprehensive framework for multi-disciplinary teams to prevent and manage delirium. This world leading program is a great opportunity to improve outcomes for patients, family and staff. Suspect it, Spot it and Stop it!
On World Delirium Awareness Day (March 17) delirium champions around the world will promote delirium education, prevention and management. Complete the Latte module “Suspect it, Spot it and Stop it” before the day so you too can be a champion!”
Dr Julie Lustig, Deputy Service Director, Rehabilitation and Aged Care Services
Approved by Katrina Nankervis, Executive Director, Residential and Support Services