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September 2015

Bedside Test for Delirium

In a recently published paper in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, Donna M. Fick, Professor of Nursing and co-director of the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State has developed a two item bedside test for delirium . The brief two-item bedside test for delirium takes an average of 36 seconds to perform and has a sensitivity of 93 percent. The researchers were able to find two questions that proved to have a 93 percent sensitivity in identifying delirium: patients were asked what day of the week it was and to recite the months of the year backwards.