As part of an initiative to provide individualized and holistic care, Mount Sinai has developed a Delirium Program geared towards assisting patients, families, and clinicians with the management of delirium. The Hospital Delirium Program has been operating at the main campus for the past 2 years and is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain one to one patient experience. The program is currently expanding to the St. Luke’s campus and they are looking for volunteers to join the team.
Delirium is a syndrome of global brain dysfunction associated with acute medical and surgical conditions, typically occurring in hospitalized geriatric patients. Delirium is associated with much higher death rates, falls, readmissions to the hospital, poor recovery from medical and surgical conditions and permanent brain damage. The treatment of delirium includes medical interventions as well as non- medical interventions including promoting cognitive stimulation, reorientation to the environment, and increased mobility. We are seeking volunteers to assist with the provision of these non-medical interventions in a team effort to treat active cases of delirium and prevent delirium in high risk cases. These interventions will have a tremendous positive impact on patient outcomes.
Volunteers will gain one on one patient experience in medical and surgical unit settings and have opportunities to interface with the interdisciplinary teams involved in the patient’s care. Orientation, ongoing supervision and education will be provided by two highly experienced clinicians.
Must be at least 18 years old
Must be able to commit to 100 hours over a 6 month period
Part-time. Times to volunteer are Monday - Friday (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) for the Spring and Summer of 2020. (15 hours per week for 8 weeks)