Twenty percent of the 11.8 million elderly patients in hospitals each year develop delirium. Delirium is a brain dysfunction caused by sudden confusion and inattention. It’s a very common and costly complication for hospitals treating elderly patients.
Medications can upset the brain functions and trigger delirium. Delirium has been linked to reduced brain size, and long-term memory and mental impairment.
Medical schools are now training new students about delirium’s dangers, but there are many older doctors who don’t know how to recognize it.
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