Information for consumers - Delirium Clinical Care Standard

This standard describes the care you should expect to receive if you are at risk of, or experience delirium. Find out more about what the standard says for consumers.

What is delirium?

Delirium is a change in mental status that can be triggered by illness, surgery, injuries or medicines. People with delirium experience disturbed awareness, attention, thinking and perception. They may see or here or things that aren't there. These changes develop over a short period of time (usually hours to a few days).

Patients with delirium may be agitated and restless  - or quiet and withdrawn. As well as being distressing for the person experiencing it, delirium is a serious health condition.

What the Standard means for you

The standard contains eight quality statements that describe the recommended care. You can use the information below to understand what the standard says and what this means for you.

Quality statements

Useful resources from the Commission

  • 2021
    Fact sheet or brochure

    This resource for consumers explains what each quality statement in the Delirium Clinical Care Standard means for people at risk of, or experiencing delirium. It explains what you can do to have an active role in your care.

If you have any questions about the Delirium Clinical Care Standard please email