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Nursing Diagnosis for Chronic Confusion

NANDA Definition: Irreversible, long-standing, and/or progressive deterioration of intellect and personality characterized by a decreased ability to interpret environmental stimuli and a decreased capacity for intellectual thought processes, which manifest as disturbances of memory, orientation, and behavior

Defining Characteristics
: Altered interpretation/response to stimuli; clinical evidence of organic impairment; altered personality; impaired memory (short and long term); impaired socialization; no change in level of consciousness
Related Factors: Multi-infarct dementia; Korsakoff's psychosis; head injury; Alzheimer's disease; cerebrovascular accident

NOC Outcomes (Nursing Outcomes Classification)
Suggested NOC Labels
• Cognitive Orientation
• Information Processing
• Memory
• Neurological Status: Consciousness

Client Outcomes
• Remains content and free from harm
• Functions at maximal cognitive level
• Participates in activities of daily living at the maximum of functional ability

NIC Interventions (Nursing Interventions Classification)
Suggested NIC Labels
• Dementia Management
• Environmental Management
• Reality Orientation
• Surveillance: Safety