Preventing DeliriumThursday, September 25, 2014
When an older person becomes ill and goes into the hospital, there is an increased risk of developing delirium. Dr. Edward Hill tells us some ways you may prevent the onset of delirium in todays 60 Second Housecall.
Delirium is a sudden episode of confusion. It lowers your ability to think clearly, focus or stay alert.
It is most often caused by physical or mental illness. Many disorders cause delirium. Often, the conditions are ones that do not allow the brain to get oxygen or other substances.
Delirium is common in older people, especially when in the hospital. About one in three older persons in the hospital gets it.
Family members and caregivers can help prevent delirium by:
Learning more about it from doctors and nurses
Putting a clock and a calendar in the hospital room
Encouraging the use of glasses, dentures or hearing aids
Putting familiar objects, such as photographs, pillows and a radio, in the hospital room
Reorienting the patient as needed such as telling the patient the current date and time, where he or she is, and who visitors are
Keeping pen and paper for notes and messages
Eating meals with the patient, and
Enjoying music or reading books aloud to the patient
For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.