Can someone with sleep apnea w/ oxygenation drops become delirious if she hasn't been using her cpap? Mom in hospital w/ severe confusion.
Yes Most Definately. The scientific literature is repleat with examples of delerium contributed to sleep apnea. It occurs most often in older adults. Whenever a patient presents to a hospital with new onset delerium and has a history of sleep apnea one should consider ncpap. Delerium is defined as a disturbance in consiousness accompanied by an acute change in cognition not accounted for by dementia.
Yes. When oxygenation levels drop below 90% consistantly, a whole host of symptoms and problems can ensue with severe confusion being one of them.