The college has launched a project in which staff will be trained to recognise the signs and symptoms of delirium in older patients.
The project is sponsored by My Improvement Network, an organisation which aims to improve the care of people with cognitive impairment through the use of technology.
RCN professional lead for older people and dementia Dawne Garrett said: ‘Delirium is a common condition, particularly among older patients and those with dementia. Yet nurses say there isn’t enough awareness of delirium among healthcare staff.
‘All our delirium champions will be equipped with education and development resources to help train as many staff as possible about delirium symptoms. We hope to ensure patients get the care they need as soon as possible, avoiding any further distress or complications.
‘I encourage nursing staff to get involved in this project – it’s a chance to make a real difference to patients in dementia care and further afield.’
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