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Delirium & Dementia

Delirium & Dementia

Course author: Dana Bartlett, RN, MA, MSN
Contact Hours: 3.5
Pharmacology Hours: 0.25

Price: $10.47
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Target audience:
   Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, Registered Nurses,
   Licensed Practical Nurses, and Medical Assistants

Format: Homestudy
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Course Description
There are many possible causes of dementia and delirium and the more common ones are complex, such as dementia of the Alzheimmer’s type or delirium due to drug withdrawal. This study module will present general information about the patient with dementia and delirium, including risk factors, treatments, and nursing considerations. Two other relevant neurological problems, mild cognitive impairment and pseudo-dementia, will be briefly discussed.

Course Outline
  1. Introduction
    1. Statistics
  2. Definitions, Diagnostic Criteria, And Causes Of Dementia
    1. Alzheimer’s disease
    2. Frontotemporal lobe dementia
    3. Lewy body dementia
    4. Parkinson’s disease
    5. Vascular dementia
  3. Definitions, Diagnostic Criteria, And Causes Of Delirium
  4. Mild Cognitive Impairment And Pseudo-Dementia
  5. Assessment Of Dementia
    1. Vital signs
    2. History
    3. Family or significant other interview
    4. Medical and surgical history
    5. Medication history
    6. Physical assessment
    7. Laboratory tests, imaging studies, and other diagnostic tools
  6. Dementia: Neurological And Psychiatric Status Evaluation
    1. Mini-mental status exam
    2. Mini-cog test
    3. Clinical dementia rating
    4. Montreal cognitive assessment
  7. Assessment Of Delirium
    1. Vital signs
    2. History
    3. Medical and surgical history
    4. Medication history
    5. Physical assessment
    6. Laboratory testing, imaging studies and other diagnostic tools
  8. Delirium: Neurological And Psychiatric Evaluation
  9. Nursing Care Of The Patient With Dementia
    1. Communication
    2. Neuropsychiatric behavioral problems
    3. Dice method
      1. Describe
      2. Investigate
      3. Create
      4. Evaluate
  10. Safety And Comfort Of The Patient With Dementia
    1. Pain control
    2. Medications used to treat dementia
    3. Other therapies and interventions
  11. Nursing Care Of The Patient With Delirium
  12. Summary
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The author, planning committee, and reviewers have no financial or other conflicts of interest related to this course. There is no sponsorship or commercial support used for this course.

There is no "off label" usage of drugs or products discussed in this course.

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