Hospitalization of a Parkinson Patient
Educational Supplement #5
Joseph H. Friedman, M.D.
Clinical Professor Dept. Clinical Neuroscience, Brown University Medical School, Providence, R.I.
Director, APDA Information and Referral Center, Kent Hospital, Warwick, R.I.
Director, Neurohealth PD & Movement Disorder Center, Warwick, R.I.
Hospitalization is an occasional necessity for patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). Rarely, however, PD itself is the cause of it. Other conditions may develop, such as a hip fracture or pneumonia, the most common complications of PD, as well as all the other medical problems that afflict PD patients in equal proportion to the general population.
The problems that PD patients run into are so similar, regardless of the hospital or the medical condition, that it is important for the patient and the caregiver to be aware in advance of what is likely to happen and to make proper provisions ahead of time.
This supplement was written to give helpful advice on what to do in case of hospitalization.
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