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5 Reasons a Very Common Hospital Problem Is Often Overlooked
Your mom seemed her usual self when she went into the hospital for hip surgery, but two days later you find her restless—tossing in bed and hardly making sense, even though the surgeons say her operation went well. I hear this scenario from mystified caregivers all the time. And not surprisingly. Nearly a third of older people experience new or worsened mental confusion during a hospital stay. So do more than half of those with a dementia such as Alzheimer’s! The numbers are highest for post-surgical recovery.