Institute Quality Initiatives

Identification of Patients With Delirium

The prevalence of delirium in cancer (based on published literature) ranges from 10% to 30% in hospitalized patients and as high as 85% in terminally ill cancer patients. However, based on historical data, the rates of delirium on Cleveland Clinic's inpatient oncology units were lower than expected. Through early monitoring and better identification of patients experiencing delirium, this condition can be more adequately managed and treated.

Prevalence of Delirium on Inpatient Oncology Nursing Units



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²De La Cruz M, Fan J, Yennu S, et al. The Frequency of Missed Delirium in Patients Referred to Palliative Care in a Comprehensive Cancer Center. Support Care Cancer. 2015 Aug; 23(8):2427-33.

³Lawlor PG, Bush SH. Delirium in Patients with Cancer: Assessment, Impact, Mechanisms and Management. Nat Rev Clin Oncol. 2015 Feb;12(2):77-92.