Cognitive impairment in hospital is often associated with adverse outcomes, such as falls. For some people with cognitive impairment and for their carers and families, a hospital stay can be a negative experience. Staff may struggle to provide the right care in the absence of appropriate education and training.
In recognition of cognitive impairment as an important safety and quality issue, the Commission has included specific items in NSQHS Standards (second edition).
Through the cognitive impairment program, the Commission is supporting health service organisations to improve the safety and quality of health care for people with cognitive impairment.
Many hospitals already have initiatives in place to improve the recognition and care of people with cognitive impairment. If you would like to submit a summary of your organisation's initiatives for publication on the cognitivecare.gov.au site submit your story or email email@example.com.