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Patient Reviewer, Delirium Recognition Improvement Project



Commitment: Short-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Provincial Region


Volunteer Opportunity
Island Health Simulation is creating a virtual simulation education resource to support point of care providers in recognizing delirium. Help ensure the patient and family perspectives are accurately represented in this simulation scenario!


Lead Organization/Department
Island Health Simulation

Our goal is that by January 2023, point of care staff will have an increase in reported confidence using the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) tool (a tool used to recognize delirium) by 25% or greater. This will be beta tested by staff at two medical in-patient units at the Victoria General Hospital.

Our aim is to have patient partners provide their patient perspective and share their experience on the topic of delirium: The patient partners will:
• Attend a Zoom meeting to learn about the project and share their personal or family experience with delirium.
• By email, review the 2 pages of scripts (or dialogue from the simulation) and provide feedback by email.

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.

• Open to patient partners from: Province of BC
• Experience (personal or family) with delirium in any care setting (having had delirium, having seen a loved one experience delirium).
• Please note:
– This opportunity, as with all Island Health patient engagement opportunities, is not open to Island Health staff members or patient partners who are currently employed by Island Health. If you have questions regarding this, please email
– The placement process for this opportunity may include an informal interview between the volunteer and the health care partner.
– Applicants must have previously attended a PVN orientation session and completed the Patient Partner Commitments form. If you have not attended an orientation session but you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Charmaine Niebergall directly to see if accommodations may be possible.
– As required by the October 14, 2021 Public Health Order released by the Provincial Health Officer, proof of vaccination is required to access any in-person meetings at an Island Health site. Proof of vaccination can be provided by way of a Vaccination Passport or Vaccination card, along with government issued photo ID. For patient partnership activities that are virtual only (via Zoom, video conference, phone, etc.), proof of vaccination is not required.

• Number of vacancies: 2
• Date/Time: To be determined (flexible days and times)
• Location: Virtually using Zoom and online using email
• Commitment: Total of approximately 1.5 hours
– A 1 time Zoom meeting, one to one with a health care partner (approximately 1 hour).
– Additional time by email exchange of the simulation scenario for patient partners to review and provide feedback (approximately 30mins).

No out-of-pocket expenses are anticipated for this engagement opportunity. However, if you meet the eligibility criteria but have concerns about your ability to participate, please contact Charmaine Niebergall to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation.

Delirium often goes unrecognized and leads to poor patient outcomes. Delirium is a medical emergency and needs to be responded to promptly and by the entire care team. The confusion assessment method (CAM) tool is used to assess delirium in Island Health, and we do not have a standardized educational resource for this. The Island Health Simulation team are creating a virtual tool to support this education that is interactive and has video simulations of real people. As a virtual tool this resource could be shared with the whole health authority and support this education on a broader level. Including the patient experience and patient voices in this work are critical to its success.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Charmaine Niebergall Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Vancouver Island 778.700.2064

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Shannon Griffin

Leader, Patient and Family Centred Care in Fraser Health

Shannon Griffin

Recently, a PVN Patient Advisor asked healthcare partners, “What are we learning from patients, families, and others thus far during this pandemic?”. This is an excellent question and one to ask ourselves daily.