Implementing Delirium Prevention in the Era of COVID-19

Nila S. Radhakrishnan, Mariam Mufti, Daniel Ortiz, Suzanne T. Maye, Jennifer Melara, Duke Lim, Eric I. Rosenberg, Catherine C. Price

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Abstract

Patients admitted with COVID-19 can develop delirium due to predisposing factors, isolation, and the illness itself. Standard delirium prevention methods focus on interaction and stimulation. It can be challenging to deliver these methods of care in COVID settings where it is necessary to increase patient isolation. This paper presents a typical clinical vignette of representative patients in a tertiary care hospital and how a medical team modified an evidence-based delirium prevention model to deliver high-quality care to COVID-19 patients. The implemented model focuses on four areas of delirium-prevention: Mobility, Sleep, Cognitive Stimulation, and Nutrition. Future studies will be needed to track quantitative outcome measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-36
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Alzheimer's Disease
Volume79
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • COVID-19
  • dementia
  • hospitalization
  • quality of health care
  • tertiary care centers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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