NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (NHSGGC) launches its new delirium guidelines today (Monday, 1 June) to coincide with the beginning of Dementia Awareness Week.
Information stands will be touring a number of the health board’s hospitals to share advanced information on the condition that can affect 1 in 8 people in hospital.
An acute decline in mental functioning, delirium is linked with a 2-3 fold increased length of hospital stay, increased risk of falls and a higher risk of mortality.
The new TIME Delirium Prevention, Identification and Management Strategy is designed to be used for all patients aged 65 and over, those of any age with a history of cognitive impairment, hip fracture or severe illness due to a high risk of delirium.
Anyone looking to find out more can come along to one of the stands at:
Dr Hazel Miller, consultant physician, NHSGGC, said: “NHSGGC is already one of the top health boards in the UK for the diagnosis and early treatment of dementia.
“Research has shown that around 30% of delirium can be prevented through the reduction of risk factors and medical management.
“To further build on our existing understanding of delirium, we have created our new delirium guidelines. These are designed to complement our staff’s understanding of delirium prevention and care.
“They will be used to prompt prevention intervention for high risk individuals and are designed to enable good communication between staff and patients and their relatives if delirium develops.
“The information stands will be touring our acute hospitals this week. We would also encourage the public to drop by so that they also get a better understanding of what delirium is and its effects.”