Date: December 4, 2013

New whitepaper cites delirium as a significant factor in the rate of resident and patient rehospitalizations.

CARY, NC — Relias Learning, the online leader in senior care training, has released a whitepaper documenting the role of delirium in cases of rehospitalization.“A Puzzle of Prevention: Recognizing the Role of Delirium in Preventing Rehospitalization ,” discusses the effort organizations must make to better understand delirium and its impact on rehospitalization. With nearly 20% of seniors over 70 years old entering hospitals with delirium, the need to understand this condition and identify its signs and symptoms is important in order to focus on potentially more significant medical conditions.

“There are many critical care issues shaping the Senior Care industry and the staff’s performance to address these areas is key,” noted Jim Triadiflou, CEO of Relias Learning. “Rehospitalization is at the forefront of those issues, and Relias Learning’s resources, including our Advanced Clinical Skills training library and whitepapers, address the care skills associated with this topic while educating customers to reduce rehospitalizations for their post-acute organization.”

Delirium goes unrecognized in approximately 60% of patients who have it, and more than 2.2 million Americans will have their hospital stay complicated by the symptoms. According to The Hospital Elder Life Program, these instances of patients experiencing delirium will create costs for hospitals as high as $8 billion annually.

With the Affordable Care Act reducing payments to hospitals regarding excessive 30-day readmissions, the onus is on post-acute care facilities to identify and address the common factors associated with rehospitalization. This makes it vital for post-acute providers to understand the role delirium plays in rehospitalization incidents.

The inability to recognize delirium and understand it as an indicator of an underlying true physical medical emergency increases rehospitalizations and puts a resident or patient at significant health risk.

This white paper draws on insights from leading experts such as those at NYU’s and Penn State’s school of nursing to explore models of care and current research efforts to keep individuals at home or in their long-term care facilities for longer, through interventions and preventative measures.

The paper offers real-life applications of these techniques and addresses:

    • the role of delirium in rehospitalization
    • the signs and symptoms of delirium and differentiating it from depression and dementia
    • the common clinical medical emergency causes of delirium
    • staff development to enhance skills for caring for individuals with delirium


Download the paper.

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Relias Learning provides an online training solution for senior care, health and human services, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and correctional facilities. The product of a merger between Silverchair Learning, Essential Learning, and Care2Learn, Relias Learning delivers breadth and depth of content unrivaled by its competitors. Through its user-friendly Learning Management System, organizational administrators can report and deliver mandatory training to their staff 24/7—without the hassle of scheduling live trainings or maintaining unwieldy paper reporting documents.

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