Delirium superimposed on dementia

Donna Marie Fick, Lorraine C. Mion

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Abstract

Delirium is common in older adults who have dementia, but too often nurses confuse the symptoms of delirium with those of dementia and it goes unrecognized and untreated. Delirium can signal a serious underlying condition such as infection or dehydration and can increase the risk of falling and the length of hospitalization. This article presents an algorithm meant to guide nurses in the assessment and treatment of delirium superimposed on dementia. For a free online video demonstrating the use of this algorithm, go to http://links.lww. com/A209.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-60
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Nursing
Volume108
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

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Delirium
Dementia
Accidental Falls
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Hospitalization
Infection
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Fick, Donna Marie ; Mion, Lorraine C. / Delirium superimposed on dementia. In: American Journal of Nursing. 2008 ; Vol. 108, No. 1. pp. 52-60.
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