Wednesday is Delirium Awareness Day at U-M Health

April 26, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees

Nurses at U-M Health have banded together to declare Wednesday, April 27, to be the University of Michigan’s first Delirium Awareness Day. The goal is to share patient stories and educational materials along with several other tools to identify and assist patients experiencing delirium.

The day was borne out of the Delirium Committee, an interdisciplinary group of adult and pediatric health care providers who are part of the Gateway Committee. The purpose is to facilitate clinical delivery of evidence-based guidelines for prevention, detection, and management of adult and pediatric patients with delirium or at high risk for developing delirium.

The committee wishes to share four key tenants to help colleagues:

COMMIT: Use the term ‘delirium’

IDENTIFY: Screen your patients for delirium daily & with changes in mental status

ENGAGE: Start the conversation with health care team about potential precipitating factors

LISTEN: Hear patient and family stories about delirium

In addition to awareness campaigns, guidelines, education and documentation are key focus areas. The Delirium Committee has partnered with the Restraint and Falls Committee as delirium is a root cause of the work needing to be done in those areas.

Additional materials for boards, huddles and videos have been shared with units as well. Here’s a sampling of videos:

Delirium Awareness Informational Video

Delirium – causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment & pathology

Psychiatry – Delirium: By Mark Oldham, M.D.

The Delirium Committee is led by chairperson Jennifer Danmeyer, M.S.N, R.N., CNS-C, CCRN-K, a clinical nurse specialist for 6D in the University Hospital’s Critical Care Medicine Unit.