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Delirium: Diagnosis, Prevention and Management [Internet]

Delirium: Diagnosis, Prevention and Management [Internet]

NICE Clinical Guidelines - National Clinical Guideline Centre (UK)

Version: July 2010

Prevention of delirium: non-pharmacological

Prevention of any harmful condition is clearly desirable, and delirium is no exception. Unfortunately, the introduction of delirium prevention protocols into routine care has been slow, partly because the existing research evidence base is fragmented and not well known to clinicians. Delirium prevention is similar in many respects to the issue of pressure sore prevention in the 1980s when the NHS was content to spend considerable amounts on the treatment of pressure sores and largely ignore prevention strategies. The prevention of pressure sores required specific and well-supported clinical policies to foster a new culture of prevention with the adoption of new procedures and skills in routine care.

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