20 September 2019
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Our new electronic assessment tool for delirium is helping patients and their families by accurately diagnosing more patients with delirium.
This is the first of its kind in NHS England. It is a gold standard assessment tool to increase screening and clinical decision support for delirium in the over 65's and to improve identification and treatment. It also triggers the right patient treatment and management packages and guides referral on to other services.
Figures from between September and December 2017, show reduction in average length of hospital stay for patients with delirium.
The electronic assessment tool for delirium has increased screening for over 65-year-olds, with the number of identified cases per year having risen by 34% and the length of stay for these patients has reduced by 11%, saving an estimated £1.7m in the first year.
Readmissions for delirium patients has also reduced from 15% to 13% satin an estimated £101,000 for the same period.
This project was shorlisted for the HSJ Patient Safety Award 2018.
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