geriatric medicine

Jim McGrath, the post-White House spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush, just tweeted that an apparently ill Mrs. Bush, after a series of recent hospitalizations, has made the decision not to seek further medical treatment. Instead, she is shifting her focus onto "comfort care."

The official statement reads as follows: 

  

It appears from the information released that there is a chronic nature to her recent poor health. Beyond that, not much has been publicly disclosed. You may recall when she...

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Acute delirium is a fairly common occurrence in hospitalized, geriatric patients. It's estimated that 30 to 50 percent of acutely ill elderly persons can be delirious at any point in their hospital stay. Prompt treatment of these patients is critical as delirious patients have a mortality rate of 11 percent. According to...