Delirium champions can help nurses to save lives, says RCN

6th Oct 2017


The college has launched a project in which staff will be trained to recognise the signs and symptoms of delirium in older patients.

The project is sponsored by My Improvement Network, an organisation which aims to improve the care of people with cognitive impairment through the use of technology.

RCN professional lead for older people and dementia Dawne Garrett said: ‘Delirium is a common condition, particularly among older patients and those with dementia. Yet nurses say there isn’t enough awareness of delirium among healthcare staff.

‘All our delirium champions will be equipped with education and development resources to help train as many staff as possible about delirium symptoms. We hope to ensure patients get the care they need as soon as possible, avoiding any further distress or complications.

‘I encourage nursing staff to get involved in this project – it’s a chance to make a real difference to patients in dementia care and further afield.’

Visit the Become a delirium champion website

Project Lead: nicola.mills@rcn.org.uk

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My Improvement Network are committed to investing in education for health care professionals and are proud supporters of RCN Projects

The integration and use of technology within healthcare offers significant benefits in both primary and secondary care settings. These benefits can extend across nursing practice from improving person centered care to enhancing daily workflows. Providing educational tools that empower and guide nursing staff through this digital revolution is critical and will help facilitate successful incorporation and safe implementation of technologies within nursing, by nurses.