Chronic Confusion Is Defined As The Progressive Deterioration Of Intellect, Memory Loss, And Behavioral Change

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Chronic Confusion Shelby Stubbs Saginaw Valley State University Abstract Chronic confusion is defined as the progressive deterioration of intellect, memory loss, and behavioral change. This disease has a rapid onset and the symptoms dominate the body and mind in a very progressive manner. This paper examines the comfort theory as one way to aid in the unmet needs of a chronically confused patient, and by forming relationships between a patients’ needs, with nursing interventions, the well-being of the individual will improve. This paper also goes into detail about the need driven dementia compromised behavior model, which examines the aggressive behavior of chronically confused patients and how to understand their…show more content…
The North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA) classifies chronic confusion is an irreversible, long standing and or progressive deterioration of intellect and personality characterized by decreased ability to interpret environmental stimuli, decreased capacity for intellectual thought processes, and disturbances of memory, orientation and behavior (Moorhead, Johnson, Swanson, 2013). The subjective characteristics would be impaired memory, and objective characteristics would be altered interpretation, altered personality, organic impairment evidence, impaired socialization (Moorhead, Johnson, Swanson, 2013). According to Selby, (2006) chronic confusion is having a rapid onset with multiple factors such as personality change, poor memory, and poor self-care that dominates the mind and body. Making those suffering from confusion extremely vulnerable and prone to develop acute confusion as well. Signs of confusion are inability to retrieve memories, loss of ability to interpret sensory information, with disturbances in sleep patterns, cognition, and disorientation (Selby, 2006). From the perspective of Occupational Therapy, (Trace, and Howell, 1991) emphasize the preservation of autonomy, integrity, and personal safety, when completing daily activities .to better improve a patient’s impaired progression.. A Psychological approach described by (Williams, Tibbit, and Donahue, 2008) defines chronic confusion
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