Night-time confusion in an elderly woman post-stroke

M. C. (Christien) van der Linden, Ido R. van den Wijngaard, Shanna van Linden, Naomi van der Linden

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For patients with acute ischaemic stroke, faster recanalisation improves the chances of a disability-free life and a quick discharge from the hospital. Hospital discharge, certainly after suffering a major life-changing event such as a stroke, is a complex and vulnerable phase in the patient’s journey. Elderly are particularly vulnerable to the stressors caused by hospitalisation. Recently hospitalised patients are not only recovering from their acute illness; they also experience a period of generalised risk for a range of adverse events. At the same time, elderly generally prefer living in their own homes and should be discharged from the hospital and return home as quickly as possible. Both premature and delayed discharge are potential threats to patient well-being. We present a 90-year-old patient who underwent successful thrombectomy but suffered from night-time confusion at the hospital and discuss the transition process from hospital to home.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2020
Externally publishedYes

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