Anti-delirium strategy reduces after-surgery confusion in elderly
A daily 30-minute regimen designed to help elderly surgery patients stay oriented can cut the rate of post-operative delirium in half and help them return home sooner, according to a test among 377 volunteers in Taipei. After they were moved out of the intensive care unit (ICU), 15.1 percent given conventional treatment experienced delirium. But when hospital workers got patients moving faster, helped them brush their teeth, gave them facial exercises and talked to them in ways to help them understand what was happening to them, the delirium rate was just 6.6 percent.
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