Delirium (sometimes referred to as 'acute confusional state') is a common clinical syndrome characterised by altered consciousness, disturbed cognitive ability, altered perception, and disturbed functioning. It has an acute onset and fluctuating course, typically symptoms will develop over few days. Older people, people with dementia and people undergoing hip surgery are identified as being groups that are at higher risk of developing delirium. Delirium is a serious condition and is often associated with poor outcomes including increased mortality and length of hospital stay, and can be extremely distressing for patients and their carers; however, it can be prevented, detected, and managed well. This policy has been developed to support staff at Ashford and St Peter’s with regards to the prevention, diagnosis, and management of delirium.


Policy Details

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Compiled by: Dr Peter Enwere - Consultant Geriatrician, Dementia & Delirium Lead
Dr Josie Jenkinson - Consultant Psychiatrist for Older People, Psychiatric Liaison Service
Kamla Bhoyraz - Dementia Lead
Ratified by: Drugs and Therapeutics Committee
Date Ratified: March 2024
Date Issued: March 2024
Review Date: March 2027
Target Audience: All staff involved in the care of patients with delirium, their families, and carers
Contact name: Kamla Bhoyraz - Dementia Lead
Dr Peter Enwere - Consultant Geriatrician, Dementia & Delirium Lead


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