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Age and Ageing: Can delirium be prevented?

27 January 2012

On the OUPblog, Anayo Akunne, co-author of a new Age and Ageing article, asks if delirium can be prevented in the elderly admitted to hospital.

"Delirium is a common but serious condition that affects many older people admitted to hospital. It is characterised by disturbed consciousness and changes in cognitive function or perception that develop over a short period of time. This condition is sometimes called “acute confusional state".

"It is associated with poor outcomes. People with delirium have higher chances of developing new dementia, new admission to institutions, extended stays in the hospital, as well as higher risk of death. Delirium also increases the chances of hospital-acquired complications such as falls and pressure ulcers. Poor outcomes resulting from delirium will reduce the patient’s health-related quality of life but also increase the cost of health care."

Read the full blog post: Can delirium be prevented?

Read the article: Cost-effectiveness of multi-component interventions to prevent delirium in older people admitted to medical wards