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New tools to improve care of older people

11/02/2019

Digital checks that can detect dementia and prevent falls in older people, and save lives through diagnosis of sepsis, are among a range of tools being made available in hospitals across the country.

One in eight hospital patients are affected by delirium, which can make people unsteady on their feet, increases the risk of developing dementia and can result in longer hospital stays or admission to a care home.

These problems can be avoided through timely and effective care, with a scheme in Salford increasing the number of patients correctly diagnosed with delirium by 34%, through the introduction of screening for all over-65s who are admitted to hospital.

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