Clinical care standard indicators: delirium 2021
Indicator Set Attributes
Identifying and definitional attributes
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Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Standard 09/09/2021
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has produced these indicators to support health service organisations to monitor how well they are implementing the care recommended in the Delirium Clinical Care Standard. The indicators included in this specification are a tool to support local clinical quality improvement and may be used to support other quality assurance and peer review activities.
The goal of the Delirium Clinical Care Standard is to improve the prevention of delirium in patients at risk and the early diagnosis and treatment of patients with delirium, so that the incidence, severity and duration of delirium are reduced. It was first published in 2016 and was updated in 2021 following a review of current evidence and consultation with clinical experts and key organisations.
The Delirium Clinical Care Standard relates to the care that adult patients (18 years and older) with suspected delirium – or are at risk of developing delirium – should receive, from presentation to hospital through to their transition to primary care.
The Delirium Clinical Care Standard does not include:
The standard applies to the care provided in hospitals, including public and private hospitals, subacute facilities, day procedure services and outpatient clinics.
A clinical care standard contains a small number of quality statements that describe the clinical care expected for a specific clinical condition or procedure. Indicators are included for some quality statements to help health service organisations monitor how well they are implementing the care recommended in the clinical care standard.
The quality statements that are included in the Delirium Clinical Care Standard 2021 are as follows: