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confusion

The running together of the traces from different radio sources in the output of a radio telescope. Confusion becomes important at the value of flux density when there is, on average, more than about one source in the beam at once. The radio telescope becomes confusion limited when this flux density is appreciably higher than its sensitivity. Further increase in sensitivity will not then result in fainter sources being detected.

Confusion

Babel
where God confounded speech of mankind. [O.T.: Genesis 11:7–9]
bedlam
from Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem, former English insane asylum. [Br. Folklore: Jobes, 193]
Cia
amnesia victim whose identity becomes doubtful when the same identity is claimed by an insane woman. [Ital. Drama: Pirandello As You Desire Me in Sobel, 35]
Comedy of Errors, The
two pairs of identical twins wreak social havoc in Ephesus. [Br. Drama: Shakespeare The Comedy of Errors]
Corybantes
half-divine priests of Cybele; celebrated noisy festivals in her honor. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 67]
Jude
“the other Judas, not Iscariot.” [N.T.: John 14:22]
Labyrinth
maze at Knossos where Minotaur lived. [Gk. Myth.: Hall, 185]
Pandemonium
Milton’s capital of the devils. [Br. Lit.: Paradise Lost]
Pantagruelian Law Case
not understanding the defense, judge gives incomprehensible verdict. [Fr. Lit.: Pantagruel]
Serbonian Bog
Egyptian morass, “where armies whole have sunk.” [Br. Lit.: Paradise Lost]
Star-Splitter, The
“We’ve looked and looked, but after all where are we?” [Am. Lit.: “The Star-Splitter” in Hart, 799]
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Acute manias and agitated psychoses were termed "psychogenic delirium" and acute confusion due to medical conditions or substance issues was termed "organic delirium." (9), (12), (14-16)
To improve interdisciplinary communication and future research, it would be constructive if all disciplines could agree on a single term, with the same diagnostic criteria, when evaluating a patient with acute confusion.
Assessment of acute confusion: Use of the NEECHAM Confusion Scale.
At the conclusion of this module on acute confusion (delirium) in older adults, the professional patient care staff will be able to:
Eight variables were significant independent predictors of pneumonia (increased pulse, respiratory rate [greater than or equal to] 30, temperature [greater than or equal to] 38 [degrees] C, somnolence or decreased alertness, presence of acute confusion, lung crackles on auscultation, absence of wheezes, and increased white blood count).
The nursing diagnoses included acute confusion, impaired verbal communication and impaired physical mobility.
Acute confusion, defined as recent loss of cognitive function with a lowered standard abbreviated mental test score.
Delirium, also known as acute confusion, has been defined as an acute, potentially reversible change in behavior characterized by a clouding of consciousness, mental incoherence, and difficulty maintaining concentration and attention.
Acute confusion (AC) or delirium has been described in the clinical setting as reversible dementia, pseudosenility and acute brain syndrome.[1 6] These labels are often inaccurately attributed to old age or dementia.
was suffering from acute confusion or delirium, one of the most serious and prevalent cognitive disorders among hospitalized elders.
The NEECHAM Confusion Scale is a 9-item instrument for use by nurses in detecting the presence and severity of acute confusion with older hospitalized adults.[20] The NEECHAM is composed of 3 subscales - Subscale I-processing, Subscale II-behavior and Subscale III-physiological control.
Acute confusion is a significant problem among hospitalized elderly patients which can lead to many secondary complications.

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