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The Dangers of Delirium


The dangers of delirium
Patient safety is an important part when it comes to nursing care. Nursing intervention can be done prior to help better patient outcomes. For example, patient’s that are treated in intensive care units need interventions that will provide safety before and after care. These patients are heavily sedated and on ventilators are particularly likely to become delirious; some studies place the rate as high as 85 percent. Delirium is basically inattention and confusion that represents the brain temporarily failing. A person who is delirious is unable to think clearly and can’t make sense of what is going on around him. But the condition is common among patients recovering from surgery and in those with something as easily treated as a urinary tract infection.
Regardless of its cause, delirium increases the risk of longer stays in the hospital, higher cost of care, can persist for months after discharge, more long-term cognitive impairment up to one year later and even death. Therefore it is important to provided safe care before and after treatment. Researchers estimate that about 40 percent of delirium cases are preventable. Many cases are triggered by the care patients receive like Mechanical ventilation is well known to cause ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) and other nosocomial infections. Another example includes large doses of anti-anxiety drugs and narcotics or the environments of hospitals themselves, such as, a busy, noisy, brightly lit place where sleep is constantly disrupted and staff changes frequently. Overall there is evidence based support for getting patients off of ventilators and sedation, as quickly and safely as possible. Also, non-drug interventions, which included making sure patients’ sleep-wake cycles were preserved, that they had their eyeglasses and hearing aids and that were not dehydrated.

The Washington Post: Health and Science- “The perils of delirium” (2015). Retrieved on September 21, 2015 from:

Digital technology and health care

Digital technology and health care With today’s society technology is getting better and better. Today’s Technology is providing us with real time data on sleep, activity, social interaction, isolation, vital signs indicating stress and much more. A recent app was created to test students in order to provide inside to their mental health and academic performance. This study showed that the app correlates student depression level, stress and loneliness with academic performance without any participation from the user. In my opinion Technology is a good and bad thing. In this situation this app is able to monitor patients without them even worrying about when and what to do for monitoring. It also provides nurses with the correct time and activity that is occurring with the patient. However technology does have its problems and is not always correct. That’s why it is always important to check the patient rather then just relying on technology. One thing that pops in my mind when I read about technology is How it is improving in the nursing world. Most recently we have a new bar code scanner for medications which is helping improve medication errors. I have also seen technology being used with patient care. For example I have seen doctors and nurses go into patients rooms with iPads to teach them education on medications and therapy treatments. I can see in the future patients wearing a wristband that automatically takes their vital signs. Almost like the new Apple Watch word tracks How many hours of sleep you have, how many steps you walked in the day, and more. Lastly, I liked reading about the app designed for veterans undergoing rehabilitate. These vets can benefit greatly from such support when navigating difficult recovery after traumatic war injuries. In conclusion, technology is just going to keep improving ways to make the health care a safer place to help decrease errors and improve patient care.    

About Mo

Me   Hello, my name is Monique June and I am twenty-seven years old. I currently graduated from Moorpark College in 2014 with my RN. I am looking for a job in the field of nursing however I have been working with Channel Island Respite Caregiver helping kids with epilepsy. These kids have helped shape my life in positive ways. I am the only girl with two older brothers and a loving and supportive family. I love being outdoors and animals. You can find me laying out on the beach, by a pool, or on the lake with my family, friends and pets. I currently have two dogs, ruby and diamond, a cat named tigger, two turtles and two rats. I just recently moved back into a house in Camarillo with my girlfriend and her two kids. I have attached a few Picts of my pets and hobbies. image image image image image