Poster Details

Poster Submitter: Marissa Korte,

Department: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

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Role: Student

Project Lead: Marissa Korte, / University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Project Collaborators:

  • Mary Ann Francisco, MSN, APN, AGCNS-BC, CCRN-K / Staff (non-nurse), Nurse
  • Lauren Gleason, MD, MPH / Faculty

Departments Included in Project: Inpatient Services, Medicine, Pritzker School of Medicine, Other, Geriatrics

Project Classification: Safety, Effectiveness, Patient Centeredness

Does the work incorporate equity?

All hospitalized and postoperative patients may experience delirium, but older adults are particularly vulnerable. Rates of delirium among hospitalized older adults range from 14-56%, depending on their reason for hospitalization. Delirium has been associated with increased morbidity and mortality, prolonged hospital admissions, increased need for rehabilitation, higher rates of institutionalization, and greater healthcare costs. Recent studies have discovered a long-term cognitive decline in patients who experience acute delirium. Yet, in clinical practice, delirium is under-recognized in approximately 60% of hospitalized patients. The goal of our project is to enhance delirium screening using the 4AT tool, which will help this institution become a more age-friendly health system and improve the quality of care we provide to older adults.

Does this work address any of the UChicago Medicine quality priorities as listed on the Clinical Excellence Scorecard?

Hospital Readmissions, Mortality Reduction, Length of Stay

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