Eat Walk Engage: Good News for Delirium Prevention

Thursday 13 February 2020

Paul Lyons is a patient at the RBWH who enjoys updates from the outside world and keeping in touch with current news and affairs.

The RBWH Foundation is proud to support the outstanding work of the Eat Walk Engage program at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

Eat Walk Engage is an evidence-based multidisciplinary delirium prevention program pioneered at the RBWH helping patients make a faster recovery from hospital.

Delirium is a common hospital complication where a person suddenly becomes confused.

“Delirium affects around one in three older people in hospital, but the condition is still under recognised by many medical, nursing and allied health professionals,” said RBWH Clinical Director of Research and Education, Professor Alison Mudge.

This collaborative care model focuses on early mobilisation, feeding assistance and cognitive stimulation in elderly patients.

“The RBWH Foundation has been able to support many older patients on our Eat Walk Engage wards to access newspapers and television news so they can keep their mind active. These are important delirium prevention strategies,” said Professor Mudge.

Margaret Cahill, a Clinical Nurse Consultant with Eat Walk Engage has seen first-hand the impact it has on the lives of patients every day.

“The program is entirely focused on the patient. We help them achieve normal things that can often be taken for granted,” she said.

Margaret has also found that the program has had a positive impact on patients’ families and even the overall wellbeing of staff at the hospital.

“It’s about coming together with others, socialising, moving around and staying healthy whilst in hospital. The collaboration between nurses, doctors and other health professionals creates a great environment in the wards.”

To support the RBWH Foundation and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital programs like Eat Walk Engage, hold a fundraising event or donate directly here.

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