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Journal Article
Review

In-facility delirium programs as a patient safety strategy: a systematic review.

Reston JT, Schoelles KM. Annals of internal medicine. 2013;158:375-80.

Several types of interventions are effective at preventing the development of delirium in hospitalized patients, according to this review conducted as part of the AHRQ Making Health Care Safer II report. Key components of successful interventions included pain management, sleep enhancement, and early mobilization and nutrition. The consequences of a missed delirium diagnosis are discussed in an AHRQ WebM&M commentary.