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Things to remember when dealing with a confused or agitated person

• Confusion is not being aware of one’s surroundings.
• The most common causes of confusion are strokes, medical illnesses, brain infections and injuries, sideeffects
of medicines and alcohol dependence.
• Confusion can be a medical emergency and often needs hospital admission.
• The elderly are at a greater risk of becoming confused.
• The key to treatment is to identify and treat the cause of the confusion, give medicines to calm the
person and start intensive nursing care. If nurses are not available, ask a relative to stay.

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