Delirium is defined as a serious disturbance in mental
ability that results in confused thinking and reduced awareness of
environment. Onset of delirium is typically rapid, occurring within a few days.
Delirium can often be traced to one or more contributing factors, such as a
severe or chronic medical illness, changes in metabolic balance (such as low
sodium), medication, infection, surgery, or alcohol or drug withdrawal.
To combat the incidence of delirium, MHA developed a
delirium detection, prevention and management road map and toolkit which
provide a comprehensive set of best practices that incorporate research and
learnings from national and local efforts.
Download the Delirium Road Map.
For more information, contact the MHA quality and patient safety team.