Clearing Up the Confusion About Delirium - SW367-60

Clearing Up the Confusion About Delirium

by Connie Vogel, RN, CNS, CNE, PhD and Oren Shtayermman, MSW, PhD
(4.4 / 212 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Social Work (1.00 CE ClockHr)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


Delirium is a medical condition manifested as a disturbance in consciousness and cognition that occurs for a short time. It occurs in about 10% to 30% of hospitalized medically ill patients. In some at-risk groups — such as postoperative patients, the elderly, and patients with CNS conditions — the incidence may be higher. In some older patients, incidence of delirium may be as high as 94%. Despite its frequency, delirium is often missed or diagnosed as a primary psychiatric condition. Because of the potential for complications and associated morbidity, delirium must be recognized early. As in many other situations in healthcare, we are frontline observers who can recognize beginning signs of delirium and initiate care.


The goal of this delirium continuing education program is to inform social workers about the characteristics of delirium, conditions under which delirium may occur, and actions that are indicated. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to —
  • Identify conditions that may be associated with delirium across the life span.
  • Describe the most common symptoms of delirium.
  • Discuss the appropriate actions when delirium is suspected.

Approval Information
Gannett Education, provider # 1203, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Gannett Education maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: February 15, 2010 to February 15, 2014. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.0 social work continuing education clock hour.
Gannett Education maintains responsibility for the program.
Course delivery format: Online
Social Workers
Social Work Practice Levels: Advanced
Course Completion Requirements and Awarding Certificate
After reading the presentation, complete the course test online. With a score of 75% or better and completing the evaluation, you may immediately print your CE certificate of completion or save a pdf of it for your records. You may also request a copy to be sent to you by mail. If your score is less than the passing score of 75%, you may retake the test. In the event of loss, there is no charge for a replacement copy of a CE certificate.
Jurisdictional Requirements
Continuing education licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. We recommend you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. To review state specific/jurisdictional continuing education requirements, click here.
Accommodations for Disabilities
Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodation; please contact the CE office at (800) 866-0919.
Grievance Procedure
Gannett Education is committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with accreditation agencies and boards. Gannett Education will comply with all responsibilities to be nondiscriminatory in activities, program content, and in treatment of participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the Executive Vice President, Gannett Education, Global Programming, and members of the continuing education division.
While Gannett Education attempts to assure fair treatment of all participants, we recognize grievances that may require intervention. Grievances are handled in the following manner:
When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance, the Executive Vice President, Gannett Education, Global Programming, will evaluate the nature of the complaint. If it is meritorious, the Executive Vice President, Gannett Education, Global Programming, will instruct the staff to implement any necessary changes in the course. The complainant will receive a response from the Executive Vice President, Gannett Education, Global Programming, or designated staff within 5 working days.
You may file a complaint by telephone or email.
Telephone #: 800.866.0919

Course Originally Released on: 1/13/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/13/2012
Course Termination/Update Date: 1/13/2015

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no real or perceived conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Gannett Education guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Heather A - Ewa Beach, HI  ·  Apr 18, 2014
Good overall review that is helpful in understanding the basics of delirium.
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Mia W - sebastopol, CA  ·  Mar 30, 2014
Straight forward and useful.
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Joan W - Elkorn, NE  ·  Mar 05, 2014
This course was informative
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Alexis L - Silver Spring, MD  ·  Feb 11, 2014
It was helpful to learn more about delirium, having worked with many older adults who develop this condition.
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Karen Y - Kapolei, HI  ·  Feb 07, 2014
I learned about delirium.
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Price: $10.00
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