Clinician experiences

Top Tips for Cognitive Impairment Champions

Ellie Newman – Cognitive Impairment Coordinator – Royal Perth Bentley Group

Ellie Newman shares the importance of cognitive impairment champions being present and engaged with staff, and having an organised filing system to keep up with the momentum.

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Recognising Delirium in ED – A Nurse’s Perspective

Angela Nelson – Aged Services Emergency Team – Tamworth Hospital

Delirium is an acute condition. Angela Nelson talks about the actions to recognise delirium in the emergency department: investigating with family and GP, cognitive screening, delirium risk assessment screening.

Dementia and Delirium – The General Practitioner’s Perspective

Professor Jenny May – Clinical Dean – Peel Health, University of Newcastle

Professor May talks about why it is important to avoid hospitalisation of people with dementia whenever possible. Hospitalisation can often be prevented by addressing relatively small factors that have a large impact on someone with dementia, such as treating a urinary tract infection promptly.

Dementia and Delirium – The facts

Professor Sue Kurrle – Health Care of Older People, University of Sydney

Delirium is a medical emergency which can lead to disability or death. This video explains how the sudden, acute confusion of delirium is different from dementia, the risk factors, importance of screening, and identifying the cause of the delirium to treat it.

Dementia and delirium – Communication at transitions of care

Clinicians outline the essential components of communication when people with dementia transition between hospital care and the home.

In this video clinicians talk about communication at transition of care, including the importance of information provided by carers, informing the GP of a delirium, and follow-up after the patient has returned home.

Delirium In intensive care

Dr Stephen Edlin – Director of Training for Intensive Care – Clinical Care Institute WA

People with dementia are more at risk of delirium while at hospital. Dr Stephen Edlin talks bout the risks of a delirium to patients, relatives and staff, the possible causes, management of delirium, and the importance of information that can be provided by relatives.

Cognitive Impairment – The Importance of Screening

Angela Nelson – Age Services Emergency Team, Tamworth Hospital

This video highlights the importance of screening for cognitive impairment even when a patient is presenting extremely well.

On my mind: High Quality Care – Recognising Delirium

Clinicians describe key signs of delirium and the importance of screening for delirium in the ED, intensive care, and on ward.

On my mind: Dementia and delirium

Clinicians explains the difference between delirium and dementia and the importance of involving family members.

On my mind: Delirium Care

Professor Sue Kurrle – Health Care of Older People, University of Sydney describes symptoms of delirium and a family member outlines what is important from the family’s perspective.

Dementia and Delirium in ED – A Medical Perspective

Dr Nick Ryan – Director of Emergency Medicine – Tamworth Hospital

It can be easy to miss that a patient has delirium if their confusion is dismissed as dementia. Dr Ryan highlights the importance of screening tools and education of emergency department staff to recognise and respond to delirium. Families and carers provide important information and can participate in hospital care.

Dementia and Delirium: Providing a Safe and Supportive Environment in Hospital

Creating a supportive environment for cognitive care

Small changes make a huge difference: clinicians provide useful suggestions for making the hospital  environment a safer place for people with cognitive impairment.

On my mind: Dementia and delirium documentary

Two families share their experience of caring for someone living with dementia who is admitted to hospital. Clinicians also provide strategies to improve the hospital experience for people with cognitive impairment.