Cognitive Impairment (CI) is often undetected in hospitals, with less than 20 per cent of cases properly recorded or coded. This results in poor patient outcomes, missed therapeutic opportunities, increased rates of adverse events as well as increased length of stay and costs. It also results in inaccurate data, which in turn affects hospital funding.
The project will develop and roll out a toolkit to aid the screening and identification of patients with existing cognitive impairment and those at risk of developing delirium when entering a HHS.
The toolkit aims to include resources that detail what cognitive screening tools are suitable for use in Queensland Health facilities, information for clinicians on where they are available, how to use them, when to use them, how to report on the results and what to do with the results. The project will also provide a guide and promote proper documentation of cognitive screening and resources to help HHSs understand what is required to meet the accreditation standard. The Toolkit will be located on the Statewide Dementia Clinical Network (SDCN) website.