eFit for Individuals & Caregivers: Delirium

Delirium is a common and serious occurrence in older adults. It is a sudden change in a person’s ability to think, remember and understand. Delirium can last days or weeks and occurs most often after an illness or stressful event such as a fall or hospital stay. It can also be caused by changes in medication, recent surgery, constipation, untreated pain, infection or dehydration.


Brain, Spinal Cord, and Nerve Disorders: Delirium ( Merck Manual ):
Article 
Caregiving Strategies Handbook – Delirium (Pg 97-112) ( Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Ontario, sfCare, RGP Toronto ):
Handbook
Dealing With Delirium: Tips for Caregivers ( The American Association of Retired Persons ):
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Delirium Awareness ( The Emergency Care Intensive Support Team (ECIST) ):
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Delirium in Hospitalized Older Adults during the COVID19 Pandemic ( Canadian Medical Association Journal ):
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Delirium in Older Adults: Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment ( British Columbia Medical Journal ):
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Delirium in Older Adults: The Good, the Bad and the Hopeful ( Stamford Health ):
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Delirium: A guide for caregivers ( The Ottawa Hospital ):
Guide 
Delirium: Diagnosis, Treatment, Supportive Care ( Mayo Clinic ):
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Delirium: Symptoms, Causes, Risk Factors, Complications and Prevention ( Mayo Clinic ):
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Flow Sheet
Delirium: Urgency or Emergency? ( Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Ontario, sfCare, RGP Toronto ):
Family Care Partner’s Handbook
Guidance on Delirium Care for Older Adults in the Community (Rpgtoronto.ca) :
Guideline
Patient education: Delirium (Beyond the Basics) ( UpToDate ):
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What Is Delirium Tremens? ( WebMD ):
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