Delirium is put in the spotlight
MEMBERS of the Dementia Team at Ysbyty Gwynedd are working with GP practices to raise awareness and prevent the development of delirium.
Delirium is a sudden change in a person’s mental state or consciousness – some people may be agitated and restless or have delusions and hallucinations, others may just become unusually sleepy.
Dr Sion Jones, Consultant Physician at Ysbyty Gwynedd, said: “We have seen an increase in the number of patients being admitted to hospital with delirium. This is a very serious condition, though is usually treatable. However, prevention is better than cure. It is a common and serious illness in people over the age of 65, for individuals diagnosed with dementia, the seriously ill and for people with a broken hip. It can also develop into other problems such as an increased risk of falls and pressure sores.”