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Does home treatment affect delirium?

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Dr. Jeff Seaman
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

If we are considering acute brain failure delirium unlinked to drug or alcohol withdrawal states, then the home environment can be helpful as it is more "orienting" and familiar to a confused person.
This may help reduce distress. Home treatment can also worsen delirium if medications are not administered correctly, or if some otcs like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are used.

In brief: Depends

If we are considering acute brain failure delirium unlinked to drug or alcohol withdrawal states, then the home environment can be helpful as it is more "orienting" and familiar to a confused person.
This may help reduce distress. Home treatment can also worsen delirium if medications are not administered correctly, or if some otcs like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are used.
Dr. Jeff Seaman
Dr. Jeff Seaman
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Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric

In brief: Maybe

Being at home can help.

In brief: Maybe

Being at home can help.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine

In brief: Yes

Generally, being at home can decrease the incidence and severity of delirium (provided proper medical care & treatment is being provided).
This is because the patient is in familiar surroundings with familiar people, not tied to a bed, can pursue usual activities, and feel "safe & secure". Basically, it's being in a familiar place so that the illness is not a constant reminder.

In brief: Yes

Generally, being at home can decrease the incidence and severity of delirium (provided proper medical care & treatment is being provided).
This is because the patient is in familiar surroundings with familiar people, not tied to a bed, can pursue usual activities, and feel "safe & secure". Basically, it's being in a familiar place so that the illness is not a constant reminder.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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