Thursday, November 3, 2011

Hospital Delirium, Another Hospital Hazard for the Elderly

Yesterday, Susan Seliger wrote about her personal and family's experience with hospital delirium. Hospital delirium, a brain dysfunction characterized by sudden confusion and inattention, is not very well known yet very common in elderly patients who are admitted to a hospital. Each year 20% of all elderly patients in hospitals develop delirium and this serious illness is still not being identified or treated as effectively as it can be. The article, which appeared in the New York Times' New Old Age blog section, is not only related to the work of INQRI grantee, Dr. Michele Balas, but also included a quote from her regarding this serious topic.

Click here to read the full article.

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