Specialist care prevents acute confusion in older surgery patients

26 May 2015

Often, patients can be anxious about undergoing surgery, but new research has suggested that specialist care could help reduce this in older patients.

With the elderly, surgery can lead to disorders of consciousness or cognition, which can result in a confusional state known as delirium. However, this can be prevented in most cases by specialist nursing after their procedure.

This is according to a new study conducted by Dr Torsten Kratz and published in the Deutsches Ärzteblatt International journal.

Along with a team of researchers, Dr Kratz looked at the role of delirium liaison nurses in helping treat surgical patients aged 70 years and over. They found that this care reduced the risk in every patient, compared to patients who received routine care.

However, these findings may not only help elderly patients, as those with mental health problems, dementia and infections are also at an elevated risk of delirium after surgery.

In this study in a Berlin hospital, a fifth of patients who received standard care suffered from postoperative delirium, whereas less than one in 20 of the specialist care group experienced the same.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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