Delir­ium is put in the spot­light

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

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.”

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