Patients with delirium often present with deficits in their attention and awareness, which can develop over a short time and fluctuate during the day. When examining a patient with delirium and agitation, the cause of this neurocognitive disorder (such as a serious illness or severe pain) should be assessed. The acronym, PINCH ME, can be used to point toward the most common causes of delirium. In this lesson, you will learn what this acronym means, how to examine patients with delirium and agitation, and the different medical and non-medical therapies to treat them.
Do you struggle to manage the pain in patients with chronic, life-threatening conditions? Do you avoid those tough conversations about end-of-life care or advance planning? After attending this course, you will be able to identify and treat patients in need of palliative care.
Gain confidence in managing symptoms, discussing prognosis, and exploring values and goals of care.