What EVERY senior needs to know about hospital stays
It’s a hidden epidemic creeping through hospitals across the country… one the mainstream KNOWS is happening.
But WON’T talk about!
If you’re a little older and you find yourself in the hospital for any reason at all – be it an emergency stay in the ICU or a routine hernia operation – you could face this frightening and unexpected risk.
It’s a condition called delirium that’s marked by paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, hostility, memory loss, depression, and even more.
And for the most part, it’s CAUSED by the so-called CARE.
But hospital staffers aren’t ready to take the blame. Instead, the mainstream has come out with a new report that says someone else is at fault.
Yes, it’s another spin on the old “blame the patient” game.
Since many doctors believe that delirium could be a side effect of anesthesia, the researchers gave older patients different levels of sedation during surgery to see what would happen afterward.
Overall, not much did.
Folks who got lighter sedation DIDN’T have a much lower risk of delirium compared to patients put into a deep slumber.
Since there were no real differences in the two groups, the mainstream claims that it’s settled: Clearly, it’s the patients and not the meds.
But I’m not buying it.
First off, if that were true, people would be suffering from delirium with or without surgery. They would be getting it in their own homes!
They’re not, of course. It’s a condition that usually strikes in hospitals and care facilities.
And second, there’s something else hidden deep in the numbers of the new study.
For some patients, sedation levels DID make a difference… a BIG one.
Folks with the fewest underlying illnesses had more than DOUBLE the risk of delirium after heavy sedation.
As more illnesses creep into the picture, the risk levels off, and the sickest patients don’t see much difference in risk no matter how much anesthesia they’re given.
But even then, you can’t blame the illness alone.
When older folks go into the hospital, they get an average of 6.6 medications – and any one of them (or any combination of them) can trigger delirium, especially when they’re sleeping poorly and dealing with other not-so-ideal conditions in the hospital.
This isn’t just my opinion. A 2014 study found that hospitalized patients put on six or more drugs have more than DOUBLE the risk of delirium.
It’s one thing to know all of this NOW, when you’re at home and healthy. But when you’re in the hospital yourself, you may not be able to act.
That’s why it’s important to have someone in your corner. Be it a spouse, a friend, an adult son or daughter – make sure SOMEONE knows the risks so they can keep watch over your care.
And of course, be sure to do the same for them.