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Peggy S. Burhenn

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date: 08 December 2021

This chapter provides an overview of delirium for the advanced practice registered nurse. It differentiates between hyperactive, hypoactive, and mixed subtypes. It recommends screening tools to identify patients with delirium and explores the multiple predisposing and precipitating factors that can complicate determining the cause. It reviews key components of the nurse’s assessment and interventions for delirium management and addresses prevention protocols that target its risk factors. Although no drugs are approved for use in delirium, there is a brief discussion of the principles of drug use and previously cited recommendations.. Education of staff, patients, and family members is vital,

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