Personalized Interventions Reduce Agitated Behaviors

November 20, 2013 | Risk Management News

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Hospitalized patients may suffer from cognitive impairment, delirium, suicidal ideation, or other conditions that can lead them to agitated behavior. In the October 2013 American Journal of Nursing, a geriatric nurse practitioners and a team of nurses describe the use of personalized interventions that helped continuous observers reduce agitation by up to 73%, with sustained reductions of 64% an hour after the intervention. Observers, who were primarily nursing students, were trained to assess which of a series of diversions would best suit individual patients on a nonpsychiatric unit; diversions ranged from craft kits and books to board games and building blocks. Of 74 patients, ranging from 17 to 94 years of age, 54 showed a decrease in agitated behaviors during the intervention, with 47 maintaining reduced agitation an hour after the intervention.

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