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Nurses will test method for determining if it's dementia or delirium
Date:8/4/2010

to treat delirium and dementia. These leaders will also be reliable information sources for nurses.

The training incorporates a weekly feedback session for nurses and the use of video, in person presentations, articles, case studies, on-line presentations -- narrated power point -- for continuing education.

In addition to assessing whether the training helps nurses distinguish between delirium and dementia and choose non-drug treatment options, the study will assess how effectively the approach improves patients' health.

In past research, Fick found that nurses are common initiators of drug treatments, so educating nurses is the most efficient way to address the medication issues. A survey she conducted on nurses who deal with dementia and delirium patients showed that 32 percent of nurses would call a physician to ask for medication in a patient with DSD before trying other non-drug approaches to the problem.

"Not recognizing and treating these conditions efficiently can result in people being put in nursing homes quicker, higher health care costs, and in the worst-case scenario early death," said Fick.


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Contact: A'ndrea Elyse Messer
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814-865-9481
Penn State
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