Prescribing guidance for delirium

Delirium is commonly encountered as death approaches and is characterised by: Patients should be assessed frequently using the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) (2MB pdf) to facilitate prompt identification of delirium.

Antipsychotic naïve

Antipsychotic tolerant

Prescribing considerations

  • Review patient regularly
  • If greater than 3 doses of any PRN medicine are required over a 24 hour period, review and consider changes to medication and syringe driver orders
  • Check availability of medicines through the patient’s usual pharmacy

The medicines listed throughout this app are in line with those endorsed by Caring at Home and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine (ANZSPM) within the Community End-of-Life Medicines List (168kb pdf).


Page updated 25 February 2022

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