The Importance Of Recognizing And Managing Delirium

2012-03-08 | |
Last updated: 2012-03-08

When we or our loved ones are admitted to hospital for medical treatment, we will often have concerns regarding well being in the backs of our minds. This is natural given that most of the reasons for visiting a hospital are related to problems that can seriously affect health. Some of the concerns we may think about can include the pain involved, the recovery time, risks of hospital-acquired infection and any lingering disabilities that may remain following our stay.

While all of these are very valid concerns, one concern that we probably do not consider enough is the risk of developing Delirium during a hospital stay. By no means is the mental condition Delirium a significant risk for most minor hospital treatments. However, as the seriousness of a hospital visit increases, so does the chance that those in hospital can suffer from the condition. This makes understanding and recognizing Delirium important for ensuring a hospital visit that is as safe and beneficial as possible.

What Is Delirium?

At this point, you might be wondering what Delirium is despite having heard the term before. Delirium is a mental state that involves a person experiencing significant mental confusion. People suffering from Delirium have serious difficulties in recognizing their environment. They will also have problems retaining attention, shifting attention or maintaining focus.

To those who are familiar with dementia, there might be some confusion as to the difference in comparison to Delirium. The key difference is that dementia is degenerative condition that occurs over significant time. In contrast, Delirium can develop rapidly due to a number of causes, but is also generally temporary.

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Category: General Health, Health Risks, Symptom Information

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