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Indicators & Change Ideas

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Explore the quality indicators being tracked by health care organizations in Ontario through Quality Improvement Plans (QIPs) and change ideas to help improve them. Connect with others to share your experiences and ideas of your own.

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Rate of delirium onset during hospitalization

Delirium affects patient safety, patient experience, alternate level of care (ALC) rates, access, and flow. Delirium is associated with increased mortality in several care settings (emergency department, hospital care, and long-term care (LTC)) and prolonged length of stay in hospital (~8 days) (McCusker et al, 2003). Patients that develop delirium are 2.4 times more likely to be placed in LTC, which leads to longer wait times and a greater number of ALC days. Delirium is only recognized in about one-third of cases, so education and prevention strategies are critical to improving patient outcomes.

Key Resources

Delirium Quality Standard

Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Ontario Quality Standard Implementation Guide

Delirium Senior Friendly Hospital Toolkit

sfCare E-Learning Series

Change Ideas

Exercise caution when prescribing certain medications (e.g., sedative-hypnotics, benzodiazepines, opioids)

Create a sleep-friendly environment

Rate of delirium onset during hospitalization

Delirium affects patient safety, patient experience, alternate level of care (ALC) rates, access, and flow. Delirium is associated with increased mortality in several care settings (emergency department, hospital care, and long-term care (LTC)) and prolonged length of stay in hospital (~8 days) (McCusker et al, 2003). Patients that develop delirium are 2.4 times more likely to be placed in LTC, which leads to longer wait times and a greater number of ALC days. Delirium is only recognized in about one-third of cases, so education and prevention strategies are critical to improving patient outcomes.

Key Resources

Delirium Quality Standard

Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Ontario Quality Standard Implementation Guide

Delirium Senior Friendly Hospital Toolkit

sfCare E-Learning Series

Change Ideas

Exercise caution when prescribing certain medications (e.g., sedative-hypnotics, benzodiazepines, opioids)

Create a sleep-friendly environment