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May 17, 2021


Did you know about 10% to 18% of Australians aged 65 years or older have delirium at the time of admission to hospital, and a further 2% to 8% develop delirium during their hospital stay? Delirium can present in various ways including confusion & disruption, affecting sleep & attention. There are several causes such as infection and toxins.

Alignment to Western Health Best Care Framework

Right Care & Person-Centred Care 

You can view the Western Health Best Care Framework here.

Why is this important

The Delirium Clinical Care Standard aims to ensure that patients with delirium at the time of presentation to hospital receive optimal treatment to reduce the duration and severity of the condition. It also aims to ensure that patients at risk of delirium during a hospital admission are identified promptly and receive preventive strategies.


What does it look like in practice?

  • Early detection
  • Access Western Health delirium protocol
  • Orientation and communication
  • Reduce stimulus such as turn down lights and remove monitoring
  • Medications to assist with symptom management
  • Patient and family education
  • Nutrition and hydration
  • Regular toileting and skin integrity
  • BOC chart


  • Riskmans
  • Complaints from patients and families


Policies, Procedures and Guidelines (PPGs)




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