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Older people's delirium often overlooked in A&E

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More needs to be done to improve the care that older adults with cognitive impairment – including dementia and delirium – receive when they visit hospital emergency departments, according to Canadian nurse researchers.

They reviewed 15 studies involving 4,431 patients.

They found delirium was often overlooked by doctors and, when it was identified, inadequately assessed.

Additionally, only one study identified the significance of tailoring emergency care for dementia patients.

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