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The combination or mixture of two things; the process of commingling.

Confusion has been used synonymously with merger, meaning a union of two separate entities that eliminates clear boundaries. Confusion of rights, for example, is a combination of the rights of debtor and creditor in the same individual. Similarly, a confusion of titles exists when two titles to the same property combine in the same person. A confusion of debts is a method of eliminating a debt or canceling it. This may occur, for example, upon the death of a creditor when the debtor is the creditor's heir.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


1 in the lawof contract, in Scotland, a party cannot be under an obligation to himself Thus, if a person becomes his own creditor the debt is extinguished.
2 an anglicization of CONFUSIO.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

CONFUSION. The concurrence of two qualities in the same subject, which mutually destroy each other. Potli. Ob. P. 3, c. 5 3 Bl. Com. 405; Story Bailm. Sec. 40.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Yet elders in LTC facilities or these facilities have been neglected as a study population in the acute confusion research.
Clinically differentiating between chronic and acute confusion is difficult given the high prevalence of dementia in LTC and the infrequent contact of primary care providers with LTC residents.[39,46] Many nursing staff members in LTC contact the physician regarding mental status changes only when disruptive behaviors are observed and then primarily for the purpose of obtaining medication to subdue the episode.[7,10] Often, the physician is unable to examine the elder directly and the nurse-initiated consultation as conducted over the phone.[39]
Acute confusion (AC) and delirium are used interchangeably by most health care professionals, with nurses tending to favor the use of acute confusion and physicians using the term delirium.
Generally, they have had limited success in explaining the variance or identifying the variables that predict the development of acute confusion (Foreman, 1991).
The Discomfort Screen expands an instrument developed as part of the Acute Confusion and Hospitalized Elders: Patterns and Interventions Study for use with confused elderly patients.
Acute confusion is a clinical term used by health professionals which is consistent with the medical diagnosis of delirium.

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