Activity 20.2: Critical thinking

Mr Murphy is being cared for in hospital following an episode where he is found walking around in his street during the night, wearing his nightclothes. He is found to have a urinary tract infection and is experiencing delirium. Using Table 20.2, could you write a short description of how Mr Murphy might behave and respond?

Mr Murphy may be distressed in his behaviour and this may show as anger, agitation, or crying. He may appear to be able to respond one moment and the next he becomes distracted and unable to answer questions or follow instructions. His behaviour and responses are very different from his family’s description of him in daily life.