Special Issue: CSA Journal 80

Delirium:Still Elusive After All These Years? by Dr. Karen L. Gilbert DNP MS RN Certified Dementia Practitioner

Dr. Karen Gilbert, DNP

Dr. Karen L. Gilbert DNP MS RN
Certified Dementia Practitioner


Karen Gilbert serves as a Vice President for Alzheimer’s Community Care. She is a Certified Alzheimer’s disease trainer from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Karen completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2019. Karen received her Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York and holds a Master of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Karen L. Gilbert DNP RN MS CDP can be reached at kgilbert@alzcare.org 561-683-2700 Ext. 119.

This article is reprinted with permission.
Source: CSA Journal, No. 80 / Vol. 3, 2020

BY Karen L. Gilbert, DNP, MS, RN, CDP

An acute and common disorder, delirium causes substantial disturbance in cognitive function and awareness of the environment and is gen- erally associated with another medical event. Delirium is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Unrecognized and untreated delirium may result in longer hospital inpatient stays, repeated hospital readmissions, pro- gression of cognitive decline and general morbidity, and otherwise untimely death.

Despite copious research, delirium is underdiagnosed in the hospital setting. A simple test can alert healthcare workers to the condition.


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