AN AWARD-WINNING dementia nurse will be speaking out about a condition that is still little-known but affects one in five hospital patients over the age of 70.
The latest health seminar held at Solihull Hospital will be on the topic of Recognising Delirium and will be led by senior dementia nurse Phil Hall, who leads the Trust’s Dementia and Delirium Outreach Team (DaDOT).
The outcomes of delirium can be very serious, with increased stays in hospital and the chances of developing a new dementia rising by six times, which is why the Trust is focusing on preventing the condition.
The talk will take place in the Education Centre at the Lode Lane site on Tuesday, May 23, between 5pm and 7pm.
Phil said: “Delirium is a common, serious but often treatable condition that starts suddenly in someone who is unwell.
“It causes a person to become easily distracted and more confused than normal.
“Delirium can be very distressing for the person and their family, with potentially very serious outcomes.
“Delirium most commonly affects people with dementia but unfortunately, because of their pre-existing confusion, it is often missed in this group of patients.
“This talk will look at how to spot delirium in someone who already has dementia, what to do when delirium is suspected and how to treat and prevent delirium.
“It will be useful for all staff groups, but also for those at risk of delirium and those who care for people at risk of developing the condition, as well as anyone who has an interest in the area.”
To book a place on the seminar please contact Sandra White, membership and engagement manager at the Trust, on 0121 424 1218 or email [email protected]