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    4 A’s Test for Delirium Screening

    Diagnoses delirium in older patients.
    When to Use
    Why Use

    Patients admitted to geriatric wards, to screen for delirium.

    • Screens with higher sensitivity in patients without dementia.
    • No consensus exists for the assessment of inattention.
    • Limited external validation in some small populations, including the acute stroke setting.
    • Validated in non-English speaking patients with 91% sensitivity (De 2016).
    • Delirium is misdiagnosed, missed, or diagnosed late in over 60% of cases (Collins 2010). A simple screening tool can help identify these patients.
    • Can be used in patients deemed “untestable” by other tests.
    Mild sleepiness for <10 seconds after waking, then normal
    Clearly abnormal
    No mistakes
    1 mistake
    ≥2 mistakes or untestable
    Lists ≥7 months correctly
    Starts but lists <7 months, or refuses to start
    Untestable (cannot start because unwell, drowsy, inattentive)


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    Dr. Giuseppe Bellelli

    About the Creator

    Giuseppe Bellelli, MD, is a geriatric physician at the Azienda Ospedaliera San Gerardo in Monza, Italy. He is also an associate professor in the department of medicine and surgery at the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca. Dr. Bellelli’s research interests include aging, delirium, and behavioral and psychotic symptoms of dementia (BPSD).

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