Screening For Delirium in the Emergency Department

Lesson Author:

Jin H. Han, MD, MSc

Lesson Objectives

  • Describe the reference standard for delirium assessment
  • Describe why there are no perfect delirium screens
  • Identify brief delirium screens that may be suitable for the Emergency Department
    • Patient-based
    • Proxy-based
    • Observational
  • Describe the 2-step approach to delirium screening


Funded by:

  • NHLBI/NIH 1R56HL141567
  • Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System

No conflicts of interest to disclose.