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acute care, assessment, critical care, delirium, nursing, screening



  1. Mulkey, Malissa A.
  2. Roberson, Donna W.
  3. Everhart, D. Erik
  4. Hardin, Sonya R.


ABSTRACT: Delirium is an increasing concern with current combined annual costs for the United States and Europe of approximately $350 billion. Although standardized definitions and diagnostic criteria exist, more than 80% of delirium in the acute care setting is overlooked or misdiagnosed. Delays in identification result in increases in severity and mortality and a reduction in quality of life. Selecting an assessment tool is the first step toward improving recognition.