4:45 – 5:45 pm Thursday, August 17
Chronic and critically ill pediatric patients are at risk of developing delirium during a prolonged hospitalization. Previous studies concluded pediatric patients are more susceptible to delirium than adults, and those with cancer are at an even greater risk. Current research is focused on effectively preventing and treating delirium in children to avoid long-term sequelae.
Hospitalized pediatric oncology patients presenting with signs and symptoms of delirium are often overlooked, dismissed, or misdiagnosed. All pediatric caregivers should have a working understanding of what delirium is, including how to prevent, diagnose, and treat delirium. Length of hospital stays and use of certain medications can make prevention more challenging in the pediatric oncology patient. Through the use of scoring tools such as CAP-D, pediatric nurses are trained to quickly identify patients with symptoms of delirium, allowing for prompt assessment and intervention by the medical team and guidance from Psychiatry. This education on delirium is imperative for all involved in caring for pediatric patients, particularly pediatric oncology, to aid in facilitating better patient outcomes.
- Opening Keynote: Secrets Everyone in Health Care Needs to Know (101)
- General Session: International Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing Initiatives: Challenges and Opportunities (102)
- It's All GREEK To Me! The NEPENTHE Trial for Relapsed/Refractory Neuroblastoma; Personalized Molecularly Targeted Treatment (200)
- A Sustainable Community Engagement Program Model to Address Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Education Needs for Patients with Sickle Cell Disease (201)
- Nursing Management for the Successful Application of the Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T-Cell Immunotherapy (212)
- Meghan Sturhahn, MSN CPNP-AC CPHON®
Nicole Kurtis, MSN CPNP-AC/PC CCRN CPHON®