Screening for delirium with the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM)

Contributed by Sharon K. Inouye, M.D., MPH; Richard N. Jones, ScD; Edward R. Marcantonio, M.D., SM Overview. The Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) was published in 19901 in a highly cited article in the Annals of Internal Medicine as the first brief, standardized method for identification of delirium at the bedside. It provided a standardized rating […]

Preventing Delirium During Covid-19 with Evidence-Based Tools

Contributed by Heidi Lindroth, RN, PhD, T32 Postdoctoral Fellow, Indiana University School of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Covid-19 has substantially changed the environment for patient care due to dramatically increasing patient volumes, personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, stringent isolation and infection control activities, and severe restrictions on visitors and contact between […]

Core Outcome Sets for Trials to Prevent and/or Treat Delirium: The Del-COrS Collaboration

Contributed by Louise Rose, BN, MN, PhD, Professor in Critical Care Nursing, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care, King’s College London, London, UK Delirium is a common, costly and potentially preventable syndrome associated with short- and long-term adverse outcomes for patients, family members, and healthcare organizations. Reassuringly, the numbers of clinical trials […]