Delirium superimposed on dementia: accuracy of nurse documentation.

@article{Steis2012DeliriumSO,
  title={Delirium superimposed on dementia: accuracy of nurse documentation.},
  author={Melinda R. Steis and Donna Fick},
  journal={Journal of gerontological nursing},
  year={2012},
  volume={38 1},
  pages={
          32-42
        }
}
Delirium is an acute, fluctuating confusional state that results in poor outcomes for older adults. Dementia causes a more convoluted course when coexisting with delirium. This study examined 128 days of documentation to describe what nurses document when caring for patients with dementia who experience delirium. Nurses did not document that they recognized delirium. Common descriptive terms included words and phrases indicating fluctuating mental status, lethargy, confusion, negative behavior… CONTINUE READING

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