Considerations for preventing and managing Delirium in older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic, across the care continuum

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In the older adult, COVID-19 may present with atypical symptoms, including delirium. Acute confusion may precede symptoms of fever and cough. Confusion in an older adult that is a change from their baseline mental status must be treated as a medical emergency; they may have delirium, COVID-19, or both. Delirium is linked with increased mortality and morbidity. The delivery of quality care to prevent and manage delirium remains crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to optimize outcomes for older adults. COVID-19 precautions can make the management of delirium challenging. Below are seven evidence-based recommendations for quality delirium care adapted from published standards accompanied by special considerations from delirium experts for the pandemic context.

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Contributed by: Delirium
Authored by: Regional Geriatric Programme Toronto
Licence: More information on licences
Last updated: 29 December 2020
First contributed: 21 September 2020
Audience access level: Full user


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