Delirium Awareness and Cognitive Impairment

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When any person, particularly an older adult, accesses a healthcare service, there is a need for health professionals to not only treat their prioritising health concerns but also recognise and treat any other comorbidities they may have concurrently (or consequently) developed during their stay. One such comorbidity that may occur during a hospital stay is delirium. Any patient who has had surgery, is in pain, has moved beds multiple times or is dehydrated is at risk of delirium.

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Cognitive impairment is a term used to describe someone’s current state. It generally presents as a state of confusion; loss of memory or attentiveness; difficulty understanding or making sense; difficulty recognising people, places or things; or changes in mood. Because cognitive impairment is often misdiagnosed or unidentified, it’s important to understand and differentiate between common forms of cognitive impairment and know how they can affect an individual.


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Sally Moyle is a rehabilitation nurse educator with Epworth HealthCare. She has completed her masters of nursing (clinical nursing and teaching) and has experience in many nursing sectors including rehabilitation, orthopaedic, neurosurgery, emergency, aged care and general surgery. Sally is passionate about education in nursing in order to produce the best nurses possible.
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Kerensa Manning
01 Jul 2022
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16 Nov 2023
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great read
09 Jun 2022
Increased my knowledge regarding delirium and cognitive impairment
Jenny Kelly
07 Jul 2022
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10 Feb 2022
Great quick read
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This was a useful research on dementia and delirium/ cognitive.
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18 Aug 2022
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21 Jun 2022
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