Improving the care for older people

Delirium toolkit

In collaboration with the Scottish Delirium Association, NHS Education for Scotland and colleagues across NHSScotland, we have developed a range of tools and resources for healthcare professionals to help you to improve the identification and immediate management of delirium in your clinical setting.

Delirium is a state of mental confusion which can be caused by illness, surgery and medications. It often starts suddenly, but usually lifts when the condition causing it gets better. It can be frightening – not only for the person who is unwell – but also for those around them.

Those who develop delirium may need to stay longer in hospital or in critical care, have more hospital-acquired complications, such as falls and pressure ulcers, be more likely to be admitted to long term care if they are in hospital, and are more likely to die.

Delirium is a recognised problem in older people that is frequently overlooked or misdiagnosed and is very distressing to individuals and to their families and carers.

You can find our package of delirium tools and resources at the link below.

More older people in acute care improvement resources

Published Date: 1 April 2016

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Further information

Find out more about the work of our Older People in Acute Care Improvement Programme and read a report we have produced on the care experiences of people with delirium in an acute hospital setting.