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Delirium and Dementia

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI
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CE: 4.5 hours Pharmacology: 0.5 hour
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 9308 reviews

Course Summary

There are many possible causes of dementia and delirium. The more common causes are complex, such as dementia of the Alzheimer’s type or delirium due to drug withdrawal. Other relevant neurological problems include mild cognitive impairment and pseudo-dementia. While detailed and extensive information about the specific causes of these diseases is outside the scope of this study, general information on dementia and delirium, including risk factors, treatments, and nursing considerations are discussed.

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Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Overview Of Delirium And Dementia
  3. Dementia: Definition, Diagnostic Criteria And Etiology
    1. Major Neurocognitive Disorder: DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria
    2. Minor Neurocognitive Disorder: DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria
    3. Alzheimer’s Disease
    4. Frontotemporal Lobe Dementia
    5. Lewy Body Dementia
    6. Parkinson’s Disease
    7. Vascular Dementia
  4. Delirium: Definition, Diagnostic Criteria And Etiology
    1. Delirium: DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria
    2. Common Causes of Delirium
  5. Mild Cognitive Impairment And Pseudo-dementia
  6. Assessment Of Dementia
  7. Neurologic and Psychiatric Assessment
  8. Assessment Of Dementia
  9. Assessment of Delirium
  10. Safety And Comfort Of The Patient With Dementia
  11. Delirium: A Medical Emergency
  12. Summary


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