The Relationship of Emergency Department Boarding to the Development of Delirium

Cynthia Joy Brooks, Gardner-Webb University


The purpose of this MSM thesis was to study the relationship between time spent boarding in the emergency department and the development of hospital-acquired delirium. An increasing number of elderly patients are presenting to the already crowded emergency department where they are waiting on admission to the hospital. This environment may be setting them up for hospital-acquired delirium. There are currently no standard screening tools to evaluate for delirium in the emergency department and delirium symptoms are often missed. The result of this study showed a correlation between the amount of time spent in the emergency department and the incidence of delirium.