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Delirium: First, Rule It Out

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Contact hours: 2
AOTA CEUs: 0.2
Expiration date: August 1, 2024
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.

Target Audience

Nurses, nurse practitioners, advanced practice nurses, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants*.

AOTA Approved Provider Logo 2023ATrain Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved provider #6558. This distance learning-independent is offered at 0.2 CEUs, introductory, Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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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Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support Disclosure

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

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.

*Please note: attainment of course objectives will be assessed in the course evaluation.