Complications of delirium are widely known and can contribute to significant morbidity and mortality. However, delirium is under-recognized and undetected in 30% to 75% of cases. Further, studies have shown that nurses have inadequate knowledge of delirium risk factors and consequences and that some nurses believe delirium screening is unnecessary.

Blevins and colleagues tested the effectiveness of an educational intervention on nurses’ knowledge of delirium and delirium risk factors. The intervention included a video, didactic instruction, case study analyses, and bedside screening instruction with return demonstration. They found the following:

  • Significant improvement in overall scores and scores on the knowledge subscale.

  • After the intervention, 79% of the nurses did delirium screening correctly at the bedside, and most considered the hands-on instruction helpful.

Although further research on various instructional methods is needed to determine the best strategies, the authors recommend ongoing education to maintain...

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