Why delirium should be treated as a medical emergency

March 13, 2024
Delirium is marked by a sudden onset of confusion and abrupt changes in behaviour, and should be treated as a medical emergency.

Dementia and delirium often get confused. Knowing how to differentiate between the two might save the health of a loved one’s brain.

Why do we need to increase awareness about delirium? Because delirium is a medical emergency—as much a medical emergency as chest pain. In older adults, conditions like pneumonia and urinary tract infections can cause confusion. But acute appendicitis, a heart attack, infection and a thyroid storm (thyrotoxicosis) can also cause confusion, and require immediate medical care.

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