AM AP of Delirium in Older Medical Patients by k6oDS4


									                            Acute Pharmacological Management Guideline – for Older Inpatients
                                                                                                                Alcohol withdrawal
                                             DELIRIUM                            Alcohol withdrawal             chart and diazepam

                                       Not alcohol withdrawal                                              Antipsychotic agents

                                                                                                              Rarely cause acute
                                     Optimise non-pharmacological
                                                                                                               extrapyramidal side
             1                
                                      Use medication for distressing
                                                                                                               effects such as
                                                                                                               laryngeal dystonia,
                                      symptoms (eg if highly agitated
                                                                                                               acute dystonias,
                                      or hallucinating)
                                                                                                               oculogyric crisis. This
                                                                                                               requires urgent
                                                                                                               anticholinergic treatment
                              If resistant to non-pharmacological treatment                                    (benztropine 1-2mg
             2                                                                                                 orally or IM)

                                                                                                              Watch for Neuroleptic
                                         Haloperidol                         If extrapyramidal                 Malignant Syndrome –
             3                             Orally                            syndrome                          consider if 2 hours of
                               0.5mg (up to1mg)                                                               raised temp, raised CK,
                              If needed repeat in 2-4 hours                                                    increased muscle tone
                              Maximum 4mg/24hours                                                              or autonomic
                                                                            Quetiapine                         disturbance
                                 IM (not IV) - only if oral                    12.5mg orally
                                  access not possible                       If needed repeat in 4             Check ECG for QT
                               0.25 – 0.5 mg                               Maximum 50mg / 24
                              NB 30-60 minute onset and is                  hours
                              minimally sedating                                                              Atypical anti-psychotics
                                                                                                               may increase stroke risk
                                                                                                               in the elderly. They can
                                                                                                               cause sedation and
                              Proceed to next step if first line pharmacologic therapy is
             4                associated with unacceptable toxicity or ineffective
                                                                                                               postural hypotension as
                                                                                                               well as metabolic side
                                                                                                               effects (eg weight gain).

                                                                                                              Olanzapine is a second
                                        Prominent psychotic                 Prominent agitation                line alternative, but has
             5                               features                                                          the highest
                                                                                                               anticholinergic effects
                                                                                                               and can worsen
                                                                            Add Lorazepam
                       Risperidone                                                                             diabetes
                                                                                0.5 - 1mg to start
                        Quicklet, tablet, solution                         If needed repeat in 4
                        0.25 – 0.5 mg start dose                           hours                          Benzodiazepines
                       If needed repeat in 2-4 hours                        Maximum 3mg/24 hours            In general avoid
                       Maximum 4mg/24 hours                                                                   benzodiazepine use as
                                                                            OR                                it prolongs delirium
                       OR                                                                                     symptoms
                                                                            Midazolam IM
                       Olanzapine                                                                           May cause paroxysmal
                                                                                1mg
                        Tablets, wafer, IM                                                                   excitation, respiratory
                                                                            Once-off then change to
                        2.5mg                                              oral lorazepam                    depression or over-
                       If needed repeat in 4 hours                                                            sedation
                       Maximum 10mg/24 hours

This guideline is endorsed by the RPH Drug Sub-
                                                                                              1. Aim to use one drug and
committee to assist in the acute management of older           Prominent                         optimise first line treatment
inpatients with delirium at Royal Perth Hospital
                                                       6        agitation                     2. Keep doses to a minimum
                                                                                              3. Avoid escalating doses
[Dr C Beer, Dr M Donaldson, Dr N Waldron, Dr N
Armstrong, Y G Peng (Pharmacy) Amended June                                                   4. Seek advice
2007 - review Feb 2009]                                                                       5. Review prescription daily
                               A MAP of Delirium

Risk Screen Checklist
1. Is the patient >65 yrs? (>45yrs if ATSI)
2. Is there impaired mobility?
3. Is there dehydration or reduced oral intake over past 24hrs?
4. Is there impaired cognition or confusion?
5. Is there impaired vision?
6. Is there impaired hearing?
7. Does the patient have a severe illness?

YES to ANY of these questions = AT RISK FOR DELIRIUM

                  Delirium Prevention Strategies
         Address these modifiable risk factors for delirium

                      1. Provide Orienting Communication
                      2. Encourage Early Mobilisation
                      3. Use Visual aids
                      4. Use Hearing aids
                      5. Prevent Dehydration / Poor Nutrition
                      6. Provide Uninterrupted Sleep Time

  Also: where possible – avoid use of restraints, IDC and multiple

           Confusion Assessment Method (CAM)
Is there evidence of an acute change in mental status from the patient’s baseline? Did
behaviour fluctuate during the past day, that is, tend to come and go or increase
and decrease in severity?
Does the patient have difficulty focusing attention, for example, being easily distractible,
or having difficulty keeping track of what was being said?
Is the patient’s speech disorganized or incoherent, such as rambling or irrelevant
conversation, unclear or illogical flow of ideas, or unpredictable switching from subject
to subject?
Overall, how would you rate this patient’s level of consciousness? Alert (normal) Vigilant
(hyperalert) Lethargic (drowsy, easily aroused) Stupor (difficult to arouse) Coma
         (1) AND (2) AND EITHER (3 OR 4)

         Ref: Inouye SK, et al. Ann Intern Med. 1990;113:941-8

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