Improving the care for older people
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
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