acute confusion


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acute confusion

The abrupt onset of reversible disturbances of consciousness, attention, cognition, and perception that develop over a short period of time.
Synonym: acute confusional statedelirium;
See also: confusion
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Multidimensional assessment of acute confusion after traumatic brain injury.
Researchers and hospital staff remain uncertain about which educational approach may be most effective in maximising knowledge and skills in the recognition and management of acute confusion on acute medical wards.
It is caused by problems in the supply of blood to the brain and the progressive illness can lead to problems concentrating, depression, seizures and acute confusion.
He presented with ataxia and acute confusion. In the 3 months preceding presentation he had experienced unexplained, asymptomatic weight loss.
Estimates indicate that at least 15 percent of older adults experience acute confusion (delirium) during a hospitalization.
Acute confusion secondary to pneumocephalus in an elderly patient.
Pace and colleagues5 described the case of a patient diagnosed with SLE following recurrent acute confusion episodes induced by prolonged sunlight exposure.
Older adults also have unique needs that can be complicated further by the presence of dementia or acute confusion. These cognitive impairments limit their ability to articulate their pain.
When the patient has 2 or more of the following CURB-65 criteria: respiratory rate [greater than or equal to]30, acute confusion, low blood pressure (systolic blood pressure <90 or diastolic BP [less than or equal to]60 mm Hg), blood urea nitrogen [BUN] >19.6 mg/dL, and age [greater than or equal to]65 years (strength of recommendation [SOR]: B, based on 3
One controlled study of haloperidol as a delirium prophylaxis in hip surgery patients found that while there was no effect on the postoperative incidence of acute confusion, patients in the haloperidol arm had earlier improvement of delirium scores and had less severe delirium, compared with patients who did not take the drug.
The newer drugs have also been reported to cause psychotic reactions or acute confusion in some elderly patients, particularly older women."
Acute confusion and unreal experiences in intensive care patients in relation to the ICU syndrome.

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