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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Previous Events

En'Light'en Project - Delirium, Light and Well-being

26th March 2018, 11:00 to 16:00, Seminar Room HDU, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

Re-arranged date due to the adverse weather

Delirium is a clinical syndrome in HDU which is difficult to define exactly but involves abnormalities of thought, perception and levels of awareness. It typically is of acute onset and intermittent. Both hypoactive and hyperactive delirium states are recognised and often patients exhibit features of both.

This project will explore possible links between the occurrence of delirium and the disorientating experience of the physical environment in HDU.

Please join us to discuss thoughts around this topic – drop in between 11am and 4pm, seminar room HDU. We will present our ideas for the project and would love to hear your thoughts.

The importance of light…

Changes in daylight regulate our Circadian rhythms with direct and multiple impacts on our health and wellbeing. We sense the time of day from the colour and quality of daylight and position of the sun.

When we spend our hours and days in hospital we often have little sense of the time of day or changes in the weather.

HDU lighting is mainly from cool white ceiling panels. If we were to change this to lighting that follows the rhythms and shift in hue of natural light, would it make a difference to how we feel?

Please click here to view the flyer in full

Contact paul.chazot@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.