National Prescribing Curriculum

Delirium in an older person

Manage confusion arising during an exacerbation of an elderly patient's chronic heart failure.

  • Cost: free

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Confusion in geriatric patient
 

About

The National Prescribing Curriculum (NPC) is a series of interactive case-based modules that encourage confident and rational prescribing. The modules follow a stepwise approach as outlined in the WHO's Guide to Good Prescribing.

In this module, you will manage confusion arising during an exacerbation of an elderly patient's chronic heart failure.

 

Learning objectives

On completion of this module, you should be able to:

  • identify common causes of delirium in elderly patients
  • formulate an acute management plan for an elderly patient with confusion
  • identify appropriate non-pharmacological interventions to manage a patient with delirium
  • choose an appropriate short-term pharmacological intervention for managing delirium and write a prescription for the chosen medicine.
  • describe how to monitor response to treatment in a patient with confusion
  • identify key information to be communicated to the patient, their carers and general practitioner (GP) on discharge.
 

Resources

Prescribing Competencies Framework
The Prescribing Competencies Framework describes the competencies that health professionals require to prescribe medicines judiciously, appropriately, safely and effectively in the Australian healthcare system