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Commentary on: Eagles D, Cheung WJ, Avlijas T, et al. Barriers and facilitators to nursing delirium screening in older emergency patients: a qualitative study using the theoretical domains framework. Age Ageing. 2022;51:afab256. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afab256.
Implications for practice and research
Non-screening and treatment of delirium reflects missed nursing care and exposes the patient to a higher mortality risk.
Future research should investigate the effects of staffing levels on missed nursing care in relation to delirium screening and treatment.
A total of 7%–17% of older adults who present to the emergency department (ED) experience delirium.1 Delirium results in higher mortality, longer hospital stays and higher likelihood of functional decline. Despite its potential implications, up to 25% of patients with unrecognised delirium are discharged from the ED, carrying a higher rate of mortality than those with an identified delirium.1 The implementation of a standardised nursing …
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