Differentiating Between Delirium and Dementia Disorder
When a patient/client presents with a confused mental status, the clinician's evaluation may ultimately affect the patient's mortality. Researchers have commented that nurses may be in a better position to notice mental status changes because of the amount of time they spend with the patient than are other caregivers. In particular, delirium tends to be unaddressed especially in the presence of other conditions such as dementia. The lack of recognition (and subsequent treatment) of delirium has been shown to contribute to the swift demise of the patient. This independent study was prepared to inform nurses on characteristics of delirium and dementia and appropriate assessment techniques and interventions to apply.