Risk Factors

Exploring Risk Factors for Delirium in a Nursing Facility
If you want to learn more about risk factors for delirium after watching the video...

You Can Save a Life: Recognizing a Change in Mental Status to Ensure Prompt Treatment, please complete the following additional learning activity.

There are several factors that increase a nursing home resident’s risk for developing an acute change in mental status (delirium). Some of these risk factors cannot be changed. Examples of non-modifiable risk factors for delirium include:

  1. Age
  2. Presence of dementia
  3. Male gender

Fortunately, there are several risk factors for delirium that can be changed or influenced. Some of these modifiable risk factors include:

  1. Use of multiple medications
  2. Use of antipsychotic medication
  3. Use of anti-anxiety or sleep medication
  4. Lack of preventative vaccines (influenza, pneumonia)
  5. Limited mobility
  6. Use of physical restraints
  7. Infections
  8. Sleep deprivation
  9. Hearing or visual impairment
  10. Poor fluid intake
  11. Sudden changes in environment (example: hospital admission)
  12. Social isolation

Explore potential risk factors for delirium in a nursing home where you are employed or one that is of interest to you using the Maryland Nursing Home Guide sponsored by the Maryland Health Care Commission.

  1. Go to the Maryland Nursing Home Guide Website http://mhcc.maryland.gov/consumerinfo/nhguide/
  2. Click on “Search and Compare Nursing Homes”
  3. Use one of the options to look up a nursing home in Maryland where you are employed or one that is of interest to you.
  4. Click on the name of the nursing home.
  5. Click on “Resident Characteristics, CMS Quality Measures, and Quality Indicators” and see if you can identify any non-modifiable (age, gender, percent of residents with dementia) and modifiable risk factors (restraint use, ambulation, use of antipsychotics and hypnotics, influenza vaccination, functional impairment, etc.) for delirium.
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Exploring Risk Factors for Healthcare Students
If you want to learn more about risk factors for delirium after watching the video, You Can Save a Life: Recognizing a Change in Mental Status to Ensure Prompt Treatment...

please complete the following additional learning activity.

There are several factors that increase an older adult’s risk for developing an acute change in mental status (delirium). Some of these risk factors cannot be changed. Examples of non-modifiable risk factors for delirium include:

  1. Age
  2. Presence of dementia
  3. Male gender

Fortunately, there are several risk factors for delirium that can be changed or influenced. Some of these modifiable risk factors for delirium include:

  1. Use of multiple medications
  2. Use of antipsychotic medication
  3. Use of anti-anxiety or sleep medication
  4. Lack of preventative vaccines (influenza, pneumonia)
  5. Limited mobility
  6. Use of physical restraints
  7. Infections
  8. Sleep deprivation
  9. Hearing or visual impairment
  10. Poor fluid intake
  11. Sudden changes in environment (example: hospital admission)
  12. Social isolation

Explore potential risk factors for delirium in a Maryland nursing home that is of interest to you using the Maryland Nursing Home Guide sponsored by the Maryland Health Care Commission.

  1. Go to the Maryland Nursing Home Guide Website http://mhcc.maryland.gov/consumerinfo/nhguide/
  2. Click on “Search and Compare Nursing Homes”
  3. Use one of the options to look up a nursing home in Maryland that is of interest to you.
  4. Click on the name of the nursing home.
  5. Click on “Resident Characteristics, CMS Quality Measures, and Quality Indicators” and see if you can identify any non-modifiable (age, gender, percent of residents with dementia) and modifiable risk factors (restraint use, ambulation, use of antipsychotics and hypnotics, influenza vaccination, functional impairment, etc.) for delirium.
  6. You can also compare 2-5 different nursing homes by checking the box next to each facility name you wish to compare, then clicking on the “Compare Nursing Home” link http://mhcc.maryland.gov/consumerinfo/nhguide/(X(1)S(ebkhii554k4vb255uezloani))/searchResults.aspx?zip=n
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