Information for Patients
Preventive measures against delirium
What is delirium?
Temporary disturbance of consciousness that occurs when a patient's condition becomes serious or when he or she undergoes invasive treatment.
Those who are prone to develop delirium
- Elderly people
- Those who have pre-existing brain diseases such as cerebral infarction
- Heavy drinkers
- Those who have experienced delirium before
Symptoms of delirium (Not all of them are necessarily apply to a patient)
- Does not fully comprehend time and place
- Sees hallucinations
- Talks incoherently
- Becomes restless, irritated and hot-tempered
- Becomes lifeless and unconcerned about his or her surroundings
(Note) Not all of these necessarily apply to patients.
How to prevent delirium
- If you use a hearing aid or glasses, bring them with you.
- Maintain your normal life pattern while you are hospitalized.
- Check the date and time by bringing a watch (or clock) and a calendar.
- Immediately tell hospital staff if you are in pain.
- Hospitalization requires perseverance in many ways. But do not hesitate to tell hospital staff about things that annoy you - or please you.
- Take steps to reduce your stress while you are in hospital.
- Stay with the patient to ensure he or she can enjoy peace of mind before and after a major laboratory test or an operation.
- Together with the patient, look for things that he or she uses all the time or gives peace of mind or emotional support. Bring them when the patient is hospitalized.
- Be sure to allow the patient to check the date and time by bringing a watch (or clock) and a calendar.
- To treat the patient kindly and gently to help him or her deal with the stress of undergoing treatment and laboratory tests.
We will respond quickly if a patient shows signs of delirium and will work for their quick recovery. If you have concerns or questions, do not hesitate to ask hospital staff.