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Main Discussion Board Post Week 8 Delirium Delirium is a medical emergency that can advance to coma, seizures, or death. It can occur in individuals of all ages but is a common neurocognitive disorder in elderly adults, which impairs cognition and represents a decline from a previous level of functioning (Sadock, Sadock, & Ruiz, 2014). According to the American Psychiatric Association (2013), delirium is diagnosed when an individual experiences a disturbance in attention and awareness that develops over a short period of time, represents a change from baseline attention and awareness and tends to fluctuate in severity during the course of a day. The individual also experiences an additional disturbance in cognition such as memory deficit, disorientation, language, visuospatial ability, or perception (Sadock, Sadock, & Ruiz, 2014). The disturbances listed above must not be explained by another preexisting, established, or evolving neurocognitive disorder and do not occur in the context of a severely reduced level of arousal, such as coma. There must be evidence from the history, physical examination, or laboratory findings that the disturbance is a direct physiological consequence of another medical condition, substance intoxication/withdrawal, exposure to toxin, or due to multiple etiologies (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).

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