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Dementia: A Risk Factor for Delirium

Dementia: A Risk Factor for Delirium

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Linda DeCherrie
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Dementia is common in older adults and while it is not an inherent part of aging, delirium is common when patients with dementia are admitted to the hospital. This product enables hospital staff to differentiate between the two. Treatment of delirium starts with determining underlying causes and correcting them.

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To educate hospital staff on the difference between delirium and dementia, and to identify who is at risk for dementia or delirium. Learners should be able to: 1.) Distinguish between dementia and delirium; 2.) Learn ways to decrease the incidence of delirium in patients with dementia when they are admitted to the hospital; and 3.) Understand the differential for delirium.

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Linda DeCherrie. Dementia: A Risk Factor for Delirium. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2006 Available from: