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Delirium: First, Rule It Out

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Contact hours: 2
Expiration date: August 1, 2023
Course price: $10
Author: Cindy Kibbe, BS (CLS)

Course Summary

Delirium is a deeply concerning diagnosis that challenges a clinician to decide whether it is symptomatic of an underlying medical condition or psychological in nature. This course covers what delirium is, the underlying medical conditions that can cause delirium, assessments used to assist in forming an accurate diagnosis of delirium, similar conditions with which delirium is confused, and some appropriate actions to take to diminish or prevent delirium.

The following course information applies to occupational therapy professionals:

  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate
  • Content Focus:
    • Category 1—Domain of OT, Client Factors
    • Category 2—Occupational Therapy Process, Outcomes

Criteria for Successful Completion

Study the course material, achieve a score of 80% or higher on the post test (the post test can be repeated if a learner scores less than 80%), complete the course evaluation, and pay where required. No partial credit will be awarded.


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Course Objectives

When you finish this course you will be able to:

  1. Define delirium and list at least 4 common symptoms.
  2. Identify at least 5 causes of delirium.
  3. Discuss the risk factors for delirium in the ICU.
  4. Name the most commonly used delirium assessment tool.
  5. Compare and contrast delirium and dementia.
  6. Distinguish between delirium and depression.
  7. Identify the medications used in the treatment of delirium.
  8. Discuss 4 simple interventions when addressing delirium in your patient.