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Clinical Education to Decrease Perceived Barriers to Delirium Screening in Adult Intensive Care Units

Fowler, Brittany M., BSN, RN, CNRN, CCRN

doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0000000000000235
Original Articles

Despite current advances in critical care medicine, delirium remains a frequent complication of an intensive care unit stay. The consequences can be severe and far reaching, including an increase in mortality, length of stay, and long-term cognitive sequelae. Frequently, delirium can be missed by clinicians who fail to complete a standardized delirium screening tool and, therefore, many cases go unrecognized and untreated. A multidimensional education program is one of the most effective methods to increase awareness of the condition and increase compliance in utilizing standardized delirium screening tools at the bedside.

Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.

Correspondence: Brittany M. Fowler, BSN, RN, CNRN, CCRN, Medical University of South Carolina, 171 Ashley Ave, Charleston, SC 29425 (

The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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