Recognizing and managing delirium

Published: January, 2012

Sudden confusion, especially in the elderly, may be a sign of delirium.

During illness, hospitalization, or recovery, some people experience delirium, a rapidly developing and severe confusion accompanied by altered consciousness and an inability to focus. It's one of the most common complications of hospitalization among older people, affecting as many as 20% of those ages 65 and over who are admitted to hospitals.

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