Preventing Delirium

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Delirium is a common and serious illness that affects many people, particularly those who are older. The condition can be extremely distressing for the person, their family members and the healthcare professionals providing care (Mitchell, 2019). Delirium can affect a person’s attention, thinking, orientation, memory, emotions, sleep and behaviour, potentially leading to long-lasting physical and cognitive impairment or premature death (Logan, 2019). While delirium is a disorder that can affect a number of people, it can be particularly common within care home settings and is estimated to occur in up to 60% of residents living in care home settings (Dixon, 2018).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)488
Number of pages489
JournalNursing and Residential Care
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2019


  • Delirium
  • Care Homes
  • Nurse Education


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