Les cahiers de l'année gérontologique

, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp 109–113

Peut-on prévenir la confusion chez le sujet âgé hospitalisé ?

Article de Synthèse / Review Article
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Résumé

Le syndrome confusionnel (SC) est le syndrome gériatrique compliquant le plus fréquemment l’hospitalisation d’un malade âgé fragile. Le SC est, souvent, la conséquence d’une inadaptation du processus de soins. Son pronostic redoutable, l’absence de traitement efficace, la connaissance des facteurs de risque en font une cible pertinente pour une stratégie de prévention. Plusieurs études randomisées ont démontré qu’une stratégie préventive, non médicamenteuse multidimensionnelle, permet de réduire l’incidence du SC en service de médecine ou en postopératoire.

Mots clés

Sujet âgé fragile Hôpital Confusion Prévention 

Is confusion preventable in hospitalized elderly patients?

Abstract

Confusion syndrome is the most common geriatric syndrome complicating the hospitalization of frail elderly patients. Confusion is often the consequence of difficulty in adapting to the care process. Confusion is a pertinent target for preventive strategy because of the severity of its prognosis, the absence of effective treatment and our knowledge of its risk factors. Several randomized studies have demonstrated that a multi-component, non-pharmacological preventive strategy can significantly reduce the incidence of confusion in medical units or in post surgical situations.

Keywords

Frail elderly patients Hospital Confusion Prevention 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Service de médecine interne gériatriqueCHU La-Cavale-BlancheBrestFrance
  2. 2.Service de médecine interne gériatriqueCHU La-Cavale-BlancheBrestFrance

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