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The Delirium Toolbox is a container that holds materials necessary to improve sensory input, cognitive stimulation, and promote sleep in patients at high risk for delirium. Healthcare providers, such as physicians, nurses, and pharmacists may further modify a patient's risk for delirium through medication reconciliation, early mobilization, and managing hydration and nutrition. The Delirium Toolbox is kept by floor managers and can be utilized by staff as needed. Included in the toolbox are a set of flip cards that can be used when staff are uncertain what items would best modify patient risk.

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The Delirium Toolbox is a VA quality improvement project developed by James Rudolph that evolved from a VABHS Healthcare Failure Effects-Modes Analysis (HFEMA) and VABHS Delirium Task Force. The Delirium Toolbox is funded via a T21 mechanism administered by the Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care to prevent long-term institutionalization in high-risk veterans.

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