Delirium is potent risk factor for complications, an increase length of stay, and mortality. Hospital acquired delirium is a prevalent and serious health condition that can occur in patients, especially the older adult population, when admitted to the hospital. It has the ability to be prevented if properly addressed and interventions are set in place to help reduce the occurrence of hospital acquired delirium. Many factors can contribute to the development of delirium, including a disruption of one’s circadian rhythm. Sleep is not always a high priority in the hospital, therefore there are little interventions and goals aimed at improving sleep within the hospitalized patient. A majority of patients within the hospital may be prescribed a as needed sleep aide, however, there are several non-pharmacological interventions that are overlooked that can be implemented by the staff and the patients themselves aimed at improving sleep during their hospital stay.
Date of publication
MSN Capstone Project
Masters in Nursing Education
Mayne, Stephanie, "Promoting Sleep to Decrease Delirium" (2022). MSN Capstone Projects. Paper 218.