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Res Theory Nurs Pract. 2008;22(2):103-13.

Delirium prevention for cognitive, sensory, and mobility impairments.

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Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Springfield, IL 62794-9636, USA.


The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a protocol designed to prevent delirium in hospitalized elders with the risk factors of dementia and/or vision, hearing, and/or mobility impairments. A group of 80 patients with risk factors hospitalized before the protocol was implemented was matched with a group of 80 patients admitted after the implementation of the protocol. Records of patients in both groups were reviewed to identify patients with delirium. A significant reduction in delirium, from 37.5% to 13.8%, occurred in the elders receiving the protocol.

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