February 22, 2013

Promoting Faster Recovery

1 Preventing Delirium in Hospital Patients

A lack of sleep during a hospital stay can cause delirium which may delay recovery and lead to short and long term confusion. When a team of medical experts in the ICU at Johns Hopkins U. implemented a plan to promote sleep, they improved a patient’s odds of preventing delirium by 54%. The plan included turning off TVs and lights and consolidating nighttime staff visits; offering eye masks, ear plugs and tranquil music to promote sleep and stopping the use of certain drugs that promote sleep but that are known to cause delirium. Up to 80% of ICU patients experience delirium, says study author Dale M.Needham, M.D., Ph.D. “With advances in medicine and technology, many ICU patients can now recover and go home, so reducing their risk of delirium in the hospital is very important."

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Hospital Stays Can Cause New Health Issues

Tags: Cognition, Johns Hopkins University, Lack of Sleep, Memory Problems, Delirium, Delirium in Hospital Patients, Hospital Stay, Lack of Sleep in Hospital Patients, Delirium and Lack of Sleep, Confusion and Lack of Sleep, Dale M. Needham

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2 CDC: Flu Vaccine Ineffective in Those 65+

This season’s flu vaccine was largely ineffective in people 65+, says the Centers for Disease Control. This may explain why hospitalizations and flu-related deaths are among the highest recorded for this age group. Early estimates indicate that the vaccine was 9% effective for people aged 65+ and 56% effective for younger people. Researchers don’t know the reason for the vaccine’s failure but say that all vaccines are less effective as people age. But seniors should not eschew the vaccine. "We obviously need a new and better vaccine but this is the one we have now. It's still prevented many hospitalizations and deaths,” says William Schaffner, Vanderbilt U. People 65+ are at high risk of being hospitalized or dying of flu. Even moderate protection is helpful, says the CDC’s Joe Bresee.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: New Flu Vaccine Made with Help of Insects

Tags: Centers for Disease Control, Flu Vaccine, Vanderbilt University, William Schaffner, Flu Season 2012/2013, Seniors and Flu, Flu Vaccine Ineffective in Seniors, Joe Bresee

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