Sunday, 17 April 2011

Hospital causes momentary memory loss

A new study has originated that being hospitalized can actually cause momentary memory loss in older people. According to the findings, memory returns to normal one month after the hospital stay, but instantly after hospitalization and at the time of discharge are vital times when older people may need extra support. Hospital patients can often feel out of sorts due to their sickness and strange environs. 

According to the US researchers from Northwestern University, healthcare professionals need to be more conscious of older people's thought processes on the day they are free from hospital.

Selection of all older people for low cognition before they leave any hospital could help doctors and nurses flag patients in need of specialized intermediary care, with more common follow-ups in the days after hospitalization. It's a critical time and they need extra support and understanding from healthcare professionals and family.


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