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As delirium has been identified to increase functional decline, cost per patient day of hospitalization, and length of stay, previous delirium work has been completed at St. Cloud Hospital. Changes in sleep pattern and sleep environment have been identified as a cause of delirium. The purpose of this project is to change frequency of vital signs on Med 1, Med 2, and Medical and Oncology, allowing for increased uninterrupted periods of sleep to help reduce delirium rates; in turn reducing average length and cost of stay.
delirium, sleep, sleep deprivation, sleep wake disorders, patient care, disruptions, quality improvement
Libbesmeier, Jill, "Reducing Overnight Vital Signs" (2016). Nursing Posters. 72.