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Delirium Awareness and Cognitive Impairment

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When any person, particularly an older adult, accesses a healthcare service, there is a need for health professionals to not only treat their prioritising health concerns but also recognise and treat any other comorbidities they may have concurrently (or consequently) developed during their stay. One such comorbidity that may occur during a hospital stay is delirium. Any patient who has had surgery, is in pain, has moved beds multiple times or is dehydrated is at risk of delirium.

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Cognitive impairment is a term used to describe someone’s current state. It generally presents as a state of confusion; loss of memory or attentiveness; difficulty understanding or making sense; difficulty recognising people, places or things; or changes in mood. Because cognitive impairment is often misdiagnosed or unidentified, it’s important to understand and differentiate between common forms of cognitive impairment and know how they can affect an individual.

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09 Jun 2022
Increased my knowledge regarding delirium and cognitive impairment
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07 Jul 2022
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This was a useful research on dementia and delirium/ cognitive.
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21 Jun 2022
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24 Jul 2021
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Manju Bista
09 Jun 2021
It was really useful topic which clarified about delibrum.
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