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Int Psychogeriatr. 1991 Winter;3(2):301-8.

Delirium/acute confusional states: evaluation devices in nursing.

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School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin, Madison.


Characteristics of instruments developed by nurses for use in evaluating delirium/acute confusional states include relative emphasis on observable behavior and the need to impose low respondent burden. Two instruments that have been most used by nurse researchers are described: The Confusion Rating Scale and the NEECHAM Confusion Scale. The former is based on observable behavior; the latter incorporates vital function and oxygen saturation measurements that may serve as early warning signs of impending delirium.

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