delirium

  1. Delirium during hospitalization triggered by drugs

    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.

    YOU!

    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.

  2. Delirium drug doesn’t work

    Common ICU drug is completely useless

    It's one of those things that's done almost automatically in many hospitals -- and no one has ever paused to question it.

    It's time to ask some questions, my friend, because new research shows how one of the most common drugs given to older patients, especially in the ICU, is ALL risk and NO benefit!

    Every day, seniors in hospitals across the nation are put on powerful antipsychotic drugs.

    It's not because they're having "psychotic" episodes. It's not even because they have a history of them.

    They could be calm, cool, and collected -- but because between one-third and a half of seniors in the ICU eventually battle a frightening condition called delirium, docs think that drugging them early will help stop it before it starts.

    That's right. Drug EVERYONE for a condition that only SOME people will develop!

    That's not just an insane approach to medicine. It also runs counter to science -- because there's ZERO research to back this approach.

    Now, the three-year study finds just the opposite.

    It finds that giving off-label haloperidol (a.k.a. Haldol) to seniors doesn't cut the risk of delirium when given preventively in the ICU.

    The mainstream is stunned, but this shouldn't surprise anyone.

    One of the main drivers of hospital delirium is OVER-medication. If too many drugs are causing the problem, why would anyone think that adding more to the mix will help?

    The real answer is to stop pumping every drug in the pharmacy into patients every time they come through the door.

    Any number of drugs -- including common antibiotics -- have been linked to delirium, an effect that's magnified when several of these mind-numbing meds are given at once.

    The real solution is that docs should take more time, be more careful, and use ONLY the drugs that are absolutely necessary.

    In addition, everything we know about delirium shows how the risk drops dramatically when patients are comfortable and oriented.

    You can't get that from a pill.

    That requires time and effort from hospital staff, including doctors and nurses working empathetically with their patients instead of treating them like billing codes.

    Obviously, this information won't be of much use if you're in the hospital or ICU, especially if delirium is already sinking in.

    So, the time to prepare for this is now.

    Talk to your family members about the risks and what to watch for so that they're prepared to step in, speak to doctors, and -- if necessary -- intervene on your behalf to ensure that you get the best care instead of dangerous and unproven drugs.

    And make sure they know that you'll do the same for them.

  3. Delirium can increase your dementia risk

    Delirium, the frightening condition that strikes in hospitals, can increase your risk of cognitive decline. Here’s how to stop it from happening.
  4. Delirium linked to hospital antibiotics

    Delirium can be caused by certain antibiotics during hospital stays, with new research showing how different drugs can cause different symptoms.
  5. An exercise in futility

    It's one of the most frightening and increasingly common hospital conditions--and a new study shows that a drug used to treat it can actually make it worse. And if you've spent any time in a hospital lately, maybe it's been given to you. The condition is delirium, a frightening lapse of sanity that affects a growing number of hospital patients...
  6. Common drugs aren't necessarily safer

    A study finds that a common ingredient in many OTC meds can harm the brains of seniors.

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