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Recognising and managing delirium in patients receiving palliative and end of life care.

A new interesting article has been published in Nurs Stand. 2018 Sep 26. doi: 10.7748/ns.2018.e10888. and titled:

Recognising and managing delirium in patients receiving palliative and end of life care.

Authors of this article are:
Logan J.

A summary of the article is shown below:
Delirium is the most common neuropsychiatric disorder in patients with palliative and end of life care needs; therefore, providing effective care for patients, and their families, is a clinical priority for nurses. Delirium is characterised by a fluctuating state that affects an individual’s attention, orientation, thinking, perception, memory, psychomotor behaviour, emotions and sleep-wake cycle. Early recognition, assessment and management of delirium is essential, because this has the potential to relieve distress and improve the quality of life and death for patients. This article discusses the causes, effects, and signs and symptoms of delirium. It also outlines the non-pharmacological and pharmacological strategies that can be used to assess and manage patients with delirium at the end of life, alongside the support that should be provided to their families.

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This article is a good source of information and a good way to become familiar with topics such as: confusion;delirium;end of life care;good death;mental health;older people;palliative care;terminal care.

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