Nursing CPD Institute

Emergence Delirium in Adults

CPD Hours: 1
Current as at 31 March 2021
Emergence Delirium is examined with a focus on the aetiology, known risk factors and current management recommendations for the adult population.


“Discover the aetiology and known risk factors for Emergence Delirium”

Course Content

Nurses who work with patients who have undergone anaesthesia will be familiar with Emergence Delirium. Emergence delirium is a postanesthetic phenomenon that develops in the early phase of general anaesthesia recovery and is characterized by agitation, confusion, disorientation, and possible violent behaviour. 

In the adult population, ED in the postanesthesia care unit (PACU) is identified in 4-31% of cases in adults depending on the assessment criteria utilized and the timing of the evaluation. This session uses document 1 from Medscape as the key source of information.

Learning Outcomes

In this session, you will:

  • Explore the incidence of Emergence Delirium
  • Discover the aetiology and known risk factors for Emergence Delirium
  • Review the signs and symptoms associated with Emergence Delirium
  • Gain knowledge of the drugs used in the prevention and treatment of Emergence Delirium
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