Nursing the patient who is confused

  • Peggy Martin
Part of the The Essentials of Nursing book series (TEON)


The confused patient usually conveys this from his behaviour: he looks bewildered and is slow to comprehend what is happening around him. He is unable to express himself coherently and may be disorientated, not knowing who he is, where he is or what day it is. The periods of confusion may alternate with phases of lucidity.


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© Peggy Martin 1987

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