People diagnosed with dementia are provided with information on delirium and their increased risk of developing the condition.
You should be informed of your greater risk of developing delirium and provided with information about the condition. The information will help you prevent delirium from developing and understand how to manage and treat the condition in somebody living with dementia.
For extra information, evidence and best practice please scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Delirium Toolkits in Greater Manchester; Dementia United
Dementia Wellbeing Plan for Greater Manchester; Dementia United
- Risk factors for delirium in dementia include sensory impairment, pain, polypharmacy, dehydration, intercurrent illnesses, such as urinary tract infections or faecal impaction, and an unfamiliar or changing environment.
- Delirium in older people should prompt consideration of underlying dementia.
- No definitive evidence that any medication improves delirium in people with dementia exists: cholinesterase inhibitors, antipsychotics, and sedating benzodiazepines are ineffective and antipsychotics and benzodiazepines are associated with mortality and morbidity.
- People with delirium without known dementia are more likely to be diagnosed with dementia in the future than others, either because of pre-existing undiagnosed dementia or cognitive impairment, present, or because delirium has neurotoxic effects and so precipitates dementia.
Best Practice Resources
Assessment of delirium: use of 4AT and Delirium TIME bundle for early management and prevention of delirium.