How can delirium be prevented?

The following suggestions might help prevent delirium:

  • Having a clock and calendar nearby.
  • Having lots of lighting during the day.
  • Limiting medicines that may cause delirium or any extra medicines that are not needed.
  • Drinking plenty of water and other fluids.
  • Trying to walk or at least sit in a chair daily.
  • Reporting to doctors and nurses any symptoms of an infection (cough, fever, pain, shortness of breath).
  • Family involvement in the patient’s treatment.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 11/09/2016.


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