Treating patients with Delirium
Assess and provide for basic physiological needs first. Create a calm, comfortable environment, use lights in the room, and if possible, have a family member present. If patient is having hallucinations, try to orient the patient continually, and if needed haloperidol and atypical antipsychotics are used. Provide clear messages and instructions with minimal choices and educate patient and family member. Patient may need multiple teaching sessions.