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Drowsiness vs Lethargy vs Obtunded

Altered Level Of Consciousness
As a hospice registered nurse case manager, you will encounter patients who experience various degrees of altered consciousness. It is essential to understand the difference between drowsiness, lethargy, and obtundation, as they can indicate different underlying medical conditions and require different interventions. For example, drowsiness is common and often expected, but lethargy and obtundation are more profound changes of condition which may mean the patient is closer to death than further way. Here’s a guide to help new hospice nurses distinguish between the three:
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