Delirium and the Elderly Hospitalized Patient is organized by Medical Interactive Community.
Release Date: December 15, 2017
Expiration Date: December 15, 2020
Since delirium is under-diagnosed and under-treated, physicians, residents, physician assistants, nurses and other clinicians caring for elderly hospitalized patients would benefit from this activity
MOC Points: 1.00
Delirium is common among elderly hospitalized patients. At home, the incidence is low, but once hospitalized, patient incidence increases to 14–24%, and in intensive-care even higher, 50-80%. Delirium is under-diagnosed and under-treated. In a 2017 study, clinicians failed to list delirium as a diagnosis in 35% of delirium patient charts. When detected and treated in a timely manner, delirium can be reversed and patient outcomes improved. The purpose of this monograph is to review the barriers to diagnosing delirium in elderly hospitalized patients, the major screening tools for delirium, and interventions to ameliorate delirium, and to identify an online tool to assist physicians in reducing polypharmacy in the elderly hospitalized patient.
Upon completion, participants should be able to:
• Define the features and risk factors for delirium in elderly patients.
• Compare the benefits and limitations of two major delirium screening tools.
• Incorporate key interventions to prevent and ameliorate delirium in the hospitalized elderly patient.
• Identify one online tool for physicians to use in medication management for delirium.
Additional details will be posted as soon as they are available.
Geriatrics, Anesthesia and intensive care, Neurology, Psychiatry