Hospitalization Greatly Increases the Risk of Adverse Results for People with Alzheimer’s

The Annals of Internal Medicine released the results of a study on June 19 that concluded the hospitalization for people with Alzheimer’s disease created a greater risk for;

  • Cognitive decline
  • Institutionalization
  • Death
  • Any adverse reactions

The risks substantially increase for those Alzheimer’s patients with delirium. The obvious conclusion is to keep Alzheimer’s patients out of the hospital; however people suffering with Alzheimer’s are 3 times more likely to be hospitalized than those who are not. There are many triggers that lead to delirium including:

1.    Medications
2.    Immobilization
3.     Medical procedures
4.    The reason for hospitalization

The study recommends that the medical facilities, doctors and other care givers be proactive when dealing with Alzheimer’s patients to help prevent delirium. Some of the specifics include;

  • Clear communication without using medical jargon
  • If patients require reading glasses or hearing aids make sure they have them
  • Provide familiar objects like clocks and calendars
  • Minimize medications that might contribute to confusion (i.e. sedatives and anti- anxiety medications)

Read more about the affects of hospitalization for people with Alzheimer’s in the American Medical News.

 

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