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Hospital delirium may increase risk of developing dementia

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Indeed they need to listen and also assimilate the information, as do those Senior NHS Managers who currently lack the necessary information to provide a cost-effective and humane service to elderly patients, especially those in nursing care homes. It has been estimated recently that 2 patients per day die of dehydration. Dehydration is one cause of delirium. Another known cause includes constipation which is, of course, closely linked to dehydration and consequent difficult behaviour. Infection is also a known cause of delirium. Impossible pressure is put upon District Nurses to do dressings etc because nursing care homes are not in receipt from NHS senior managers of the correct type of funding for patients who are quite possibly in need of primary health care and funding for repeated, unpredictable infections. So the trained nurses on site in a nursing home are banned from giving nursing care because the patient is still being classed as a resident not a patient and therefore only in need of nursing care from the District Nurse team. Inadequate pressure relief and care is a serious, avoidable cause in homes of disintegrating skin, infection, delirium and sepsis, all of which invite dementia and ultimately, death. Joint pain is another cause of delirium. Fortunately I am now retired from nursing because there is a 5th known cause of delirium which I cannot recollect. Any answers? Anaesthetics are recognised to have impairment on memory function and perhaps people approaching surgery should be informed of this so that they can make an informed decision to consent or otherwise.

Posted date

20 January, 2017

Posted time

4:05 pm

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