Many causes of delirium are reversible if identified and treated early, and thus it is important to screen for and address delirium when the patient presents to the ED.
See the previous lessons–Delirium and Delirium Prevention in the ED: An Overview, and Evaluation of the Older Patient with Delirium–for more details.
Young J, et al. BMJ. 2007;334(7598):842–846.
ED, emergency department
NPI, nonpharmacologic interventions