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Journal of Nursing Care Quality:
doi: 10.1097/

Use of the Acute Confusion Protocol: A Research Utilization Project

Kratz, Ann MSN, RN, CS, APNP

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This evidence-based project was undertaken to implement research-based preventive protocols to decrease the negative outcomes associated with delirium/acute confusion. After implementation, the medical-surgical unit experienced a 62% reduction in falls and a 100% decrease in sitter usage the first year. The use of medications known to cause acute confusion was decreased by more than 50%. Since implementation, the fall rate as well as the use of restraints has decreased by 25%.

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