Disorientation; Thinking - unclear; Thoughts - cloudy
A good way to find out if someone is confused is to ask the person his or her name, age, and the date. If they are unsure or answer incorrectly, they are confused.
For sudden confusion due to low blood sugar (for example, from diabetes medication), the person should drink a sweet drink or eat a sweet snack. If the confusion lasts longer than 10 minutes, call the doctor.
A confused person should not be left alone. For safety, the person may need physical restraints.
To help a confused person:
Always introduce yourself, no matter how well the person once knew you.
Often remind the person of his or her location.
Place a calendar and clock near the person.
Talk about current events and plans for the day.
Try to keep the surroundings calm, quiet, and peaceful.
For sudden confusion due to low blood sugar (for example, from diabetes medication), the pe...
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Alternative Names Hyperglycemic hyperosmolar coma; Nonketotic hyperglycemic hyperosmolar coma (NKHHC); Hyperosmolar nonketotic coma (HONK) Symptoms Coma Confusion Convulsions Increased thirst Increased urination (at the beginning of the syndrome) Lethargy Nausea Weakness Weight loss Symptoms may get worse over a period of days or weeks. Other symptoms that may occur with this disease: Dysfunctional movement Loss of feeling or function of muscles Speech impairment Signs and tests Signs may include: Extreme dehydration High temperature -- higher than 38 degrees Centigrade (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) Increased heart rate Low systolic blood pressure Test results include: High serum osmolarity (concentration) Higher than normal BUN and creatinine Higher than normal serum sodium Mild ketone buildup (ketosis) Very high blood glucose Evaluation for possible causes may include: Blood cultures Chest x-ray Electrocardiogram (ECG) Urinalysis
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