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Patients with delirium may be agitated and restless - or quiet and withdrawn.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.