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Recognizing Delirium in Individuals Who Are Medically Ill (WEB17915)

Presenter(s): Kevin Patterson, MD
Course Description

SLPs frequently evaluate and provide rehabilitation services to patients with sudden changes in cognitive status. This session will provide a foundation for understanding delirium—one of the most common reasons for acute cognitive change among older adults. As a symptom of other underlying medical issues, delirium frequently goes unrecognized or is misattributed as a mental health or primary neurologic issue, which leads to inaccurate treatment and recovery approaches. This session will help SLPs recognize delirium and improve early detection and treatment for patients in hospitals and nursing home settings.

This course is a recorded session from the 2017 online conference “Dysphagia in Older Adults.”

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • discuss the differential diagnosis of neurovegetative/cognitive symptoms in a patient who is hospitalized or in a skilled nursing facility
  • describe the criteria that help differentiate delirium from dementia and other chronic cognitive change
  • compare the treatment approaches for patients who are delirious with patients who have chronic cognitive change

What is Included?

You'll get online access to all the course content, including the full video, handouts, and references so you can access it from anywhere!

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

Related Courses
View all courses from the “Dysphagia in Older Adults” online conference, available through the ASHA Learning Pass subscription or as an a la carte purchase.

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1
ASHA CEU*: 0.1
Item #(s): WEB17915
Available Through: May 02, 2025