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HEALTH NEWS YOU CAN USE! ICU Brain Effect: A Long Stay Causes Dementia

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A long stay in a hospital's intensive care unit, where patients are often heavily sedated, seems to have a traumatic effect on brain function for as long as a year after patients leave the hospital, new research finds

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Cal Mendelsohn (1085)
Monday October 7, 2013, 2:26 pm
AS many of you know, this happened ot my Mom after her operation for oral cancer in February She had over three months of really bad memory loss but fortunately she has gained most of it back, save some short term memory. I hope this article helps some one else out there reading this and to understand this problem better before it affects them and their family

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday October 7, 2013, 2:57 pm
Noted. Thanks for the info, Cal. I do know someone this may have happened to. Now, I have an explanation.

S J. (133)
Monday October 7, 2013, 5:15 pm
It's very kind of you. Thanks Cal

DaleLovesOttawa O. (198)
Monday October 7, 2013, 8:08 pm
Interesting and sobering article on what can go wrong during a health crisis.

Patricia H. (440)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 1:00 am

Birgit W. (159)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 1:15 pm
Thanks for letting us know Cal.

Debra G. (0)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 2:39 pm
There are many cognitive changes associated with any length hospitalization, and not just the ICU, that are not handled well with patients or family. For example, the "sundown effect" disorients patients as lighting changes. Elderly patients especially can get frantic or violent, leading to medications that further disorient them. Gerontologists, and some hospitalists, note that each subsequent hospitalization has a cognitive impact that looks like a staircase going down, unless patients are mentally stimulated and made to move around during the day. We are all just starting to learn to deal with this.

Joanne Dixon (36)
Tuesday October 8, 2013, 5:00 pm
Very reasonable. Last time I was in, for an endometriomectomy (if there is such a word), I had books and knitting, and dragged my IV pole around the floor three times a day. I got out in less than a week, but I had to fight for it. Now, question - what does being incarcerated in a private prison do to cognition?
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