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Frailty and delirium: Unveiling the hidden vulnerability of older hospitalized patients

Published:October 24, 2019DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejim.2019.10.020
      Frailty and delirium are two of the most problematic issues in the management of older hospitalized patients. The term frailty, from the Latin “fragilis” meaning “easily broken”, refers to a condition characterized by decreased homeostatic reserve that leads to a high vulnerability even to low-power stressors with a dramatic worsening in patients’ health status [
      • Clegg A.
      • Young J.
      • Iliffe S.
      • Rikkert M.O.
      • Rockwood K
      Frailty in elderly people.
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