Assessing for delirium

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Outcome Area
METeOR identifier:627940
Registration status:Health, Standard 12/09/2016
Description:

A patient with cognitive impairment on presentation to hospital, or who has an acute change in behaviour or cognitive function during a hospital stay, is promptly assessed for delirium by a clinician trained and competent in delirium diagnosis and the use of a validated diagnostic tool. The patient and their carer, family member or other informant are asked about any recent changes in the patient’s behaviour or thinking. The patient’s diagnosis is discussed with them and is documented.

Relational attributes

Indicator sets linked to this outcome area:

Clinical care standard indicators: delirium Health, Standard 12/09/2016

Indicators linked to this outcome area:

Delirium clinical care standard indicators: 2a-Evidence of training sessions undertaken by staff in the use of a validated diagnostic tool for delirium Health, Standard 12/09/2016

Delirium clinical care standard indicators: 2b-Proportion of patients who screen positive for cognitive impairment at admission who are assessed for delirium using a validated diagnostic tool Health, Standard 12/09/2016

Delirium clinical care standard indicators: 2c-Rate of delirium among acute admitted patients Health, Standard 12/09/2016

Delirium clinical care standard indicators: 2d-Rate of delirium among acute admitted patients with onset during the hospital stay Health, Standard 12/09/2016

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Reference documents:

ACSQHC (Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care) 2015. Delirium clinical care standard. Sydney: ACSQHC.