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

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