Delirium is a serious medical condition where people experience sudden changes in their thinking, memory and attention.
Usually lasting from a few days to weeks, it can lead to serious complications such as falls, pressure injuries, longer hospital admissions and sometimes death.
Working to prevent and manage delirum for improved patient outcomes
We know the best treatment for delirium is prevention - around 30-40% of delirium cases that occur in hospital are preventable. However, delirium is not well detected and is often misdiagnosed and poorly managed.
Safer Care Victoria's statewide delirium improvement project aims to help public health services screen, prevent and manage hospital-acquired delirium in patients.
Look out for our survey
As the first phase of the project, we will be inviting public health services to participate in a point prevalence survey to:
- estimate the current burden of delirium in the inpatient population
- provide baseline data to assist in measuring the efficacy of improvement initiatives.
Updating how you plan, document and implement care plans
National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards
The newly updated NSQHS Comprehensive Care Standard describes the requirements for your health service AMS program to review how you screen and assess patients and ensure care plans reflect their physical, mental and cognitive healthcare needs.
Organisations will be assessed against the new standards from January 2019.
Sharing good practice
Use these tools to improve how you recognise and diagnose delirium.
Preventing and managing delirium
Read just some of the ways we can help older people and their families and carers understand, prevent and manage delirium.
Page last updated: 10 Apr 2018