People can be worried about being admitted to hospital. Sometimes being ill, for example with an infection, can have added problems such as disorientation, confusion or general loss of fitness. It is vital that we help all patients recover their abilities after leaving hospital.
This research investigates a person’s cognition and mobility throughout the illness period.
By understanding why some people recover well and others less so, we may be able to design care to better suit the needs of people in hospital.
A new study at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham has found that, as more research into delirium was conducted in the hospital, the better the medical staff were about to recognise delirium in their patients. This demonstrates the indirect benefits of research on patients.
For more information - https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/8/10/e023386
Often it can be more difficult to recognise delirium in someone with existing dementia. A recent study found that those with additional delirium have worse motor skills, suggesting that measuring motor functions might help recognise delirium in those with dementia.
For more information - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30318022