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Delirium is the most common complication associated with hospitalization of older adults with incidence of 25% to 60%. Delirium is responsible for approximately 17.5 million hospital days annually, yet nurses fail to recognize it as much as 70% of the time. The main aim of this research was to critically appraise the literature regarding early recognition of delirium in ICU, formulating conclusions and recommendations to practice. The research is based on secondary data collection. The data is extracted from various journals, articles and books. The research approach used is qualitative. The literature search revealed that delirium in the hospitalized elderly patient, particularly in ICU, is a prevalent geriatric syndrome which is under recognized and under diagnosed. Misdiagnosis of delirium often results in mismanagement and poor health outcomes, the older patient. It was also demonstrated with the help of literature review that there is a significant impact of early recognition of delirium in ICU and this could help in reducing the length of stay in ICU as well.The research revealed that many delirium assessment tools have been developed, but that in many cases the tools are too time consuming for acute care nurses to use, don't give a complete picture of the whole delirium phenomena, don't address functional and cognitive behaviour, and were not specifically developed for nursing professionals to use. The data clearly shows the impact that delirium can have on the ICU patient. This information should empower the nursing community to study this topic further and to develop strategies to assist the bedside nurse to overcome barriers and develop techniques to improve outcomes for our patients. The results of this study clearly show that nurses need additional education on delirium to correct their misconceptions and provide an accurate assessment to critically ill patients. Education will give them the tools that they need and help them base their practice on evidence not tradition. The first step to take will be the education of current nurse educators.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
CHAPTER 01: INTRODUCTION1
Aims and Objectives3
Aims - How to Achieve3
Structure of Dissertation4
CHAPTER 02: METHODS6
Background and Rationale7
Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria9
Titles and Abstracts13
Purpose/Problem of Study14
CHAPTER 03: LITERATURE REVIEW16
Sample and Design20
Critique on Quantitative Research Approach21
CHAPTER 04: DISCUSSION28
Barriers to Delirium Assessment31
CHAPTER 05: REFLECTIONS34
Predisposing and Precipitating Factors for Delirium34