Causes of Delirium

Case update

Mr Thomas is an independent, previously cognitively intact 69-year-old Indigenous man transferred to RPH via RFDS and admitted with respiratory distress.

Following his admission, Mr Thomas’ condition was noted to be complicated by acute confusion and he was diagnosed with delirium. He is receiving IV antibiotics but has been frequently pulling out his intravenous line.

You have established that Mr Thomas has an altered mental state and should now proceed to investigate Mr Thomas’ physical and mental state further, to determine the cause of delirium.