World Delirium Day – raising awareness to increase recognition, prevention and treatment

Today (15 March) is the inaugural World Delirium Day being held to raise awareness of delirium and increase recognition of this condition so it can be prevented and treated at the right time.

“Delirium concerns all of us and anyone can get delirium,” said Eureka van der Merwe, Far West LHD Essentials of Care and Projects Coordinator. The good news is that if we are delirium aware then chances are that this condition can be prevented or treated as soon as it is recognised,” she said.

Delirium is a rapid change in brain function, which primarily affects the ability to focus attention. Delirium can fluctuate over the course of a day with periods of lucidity followed by increased confusion.

World Delirium Day is being launched this year by iDelirium, a collaborative organisation formed from the joining of the American, European and Australian delirium societies in 2015. The day aims to increase healthcare workers’ recognition of delirium and improve the availability of information for patients and their families, so that the right care is received to prevent delirium and treat it when occurs.

“Today, we want to raise delirium awareness and inspire positive action among healthcare workers and the community, around the globe,” said Ms van der Merwe. “On this day, we are encouraging health care organisations and professionals to take action to raise delirium awareness, and unite with us on social and internet media to show support for this important initiative.”

There are a number of ways health workers can support World Delirium Day and promote delirium awareness:

  • Test your delirium knowledge by taking our one-minute quiz! https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/deliriumquiz2
  • Commit to using the term
  • Screen your patients for delirium.
  • Listen to patient and families about the experience of delirium.
  • Engage your leadership in a discussion of delirium.
  • Encourage and help your patients to move, walk, talk, read, sleep, drink, eat, hear and see

You can also connect with other delirium knowledge champions on the iDelirium website (www.idelirium.org) and on its Facebook and Twitter platforms.

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