Delirium is an increasing concern with current combined annual costs for the United States and Europe of approximately $350 billion. Although standardized definitions and diagnostic criteria exist, more than 80% of delirium in the acute care setting is overlooked or misdiagnosed. Delays in identification result in increases in severity and mortality and a reduction in quality of life. Selecting an assessment tool is the first step toward improving recognition.
Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Malissa Mulkey, MSN APRN, at firstname.lastname@example.org. East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
Donna W. Roberson, PhD FNP-BC, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
Erik Everhart, PhD ABPP, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
Sonya R. Hardin, PhD CCRN NP-C FAAN, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.