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Confusion

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.

confusion

(Ambiguity), noun agitation, astonishment, brouhaha, complex, complexity, confusion, congestion, convulsion, disarray, discomposure, dislocation, disorganization, distraction, doubt, enigma, ferment, fog, fracas, fuzziness, haze, hodgepodge, imbroglio, intricacy, involution, jumble, labyrinth, maze, melee, mix-up, opacity, panic, patchwork, perplexity, rumpus, scramble, skein, to-do, tumult, turbulence, uncertainty, uproar, vagueness
Associated concepts: confusion of goods, confusion of issues, confusion of rights

confusion

(Commotion), noun chaos, dilemma, disturbance, embroilment, entanglement, havoc, irregularity, medley, muddle, pandemonium, shambles, snarl, tangle, turmoil

confusion

(Consternation), noun befuddlement, confoundment, disconcertion, disorientation, distress, fear, fluster, fright, mortification, mystification, perturbation, quandary, suffusion, trepidation

confusion

(Turmoil), noun anarchy, chaos, clamor, clutter, commotion, complexity, confusio, congestion, difficulty, disarrangement, disarray, discord, disorderliness, disorganization, disquiet, disquietude, distraction, disturbance, entanglement, farrago, ferment, frenzy, havoc, imbroglio, inseparable intermixture, muddle, pandemonium, perturbatio, rampage, shapelessness, tumult, turbulence, unrest, unsettlement, upheaval, uproar
See also: ambiguity, anarchy, commotion, complex, complication, dilemma, disorder, disturbance, doubt, embarrassment, embroilment, enigma, entanglement, havoc, imbroglio, indecision, involution, irregularity, jargon, misrule, opacity, pandemonium, panic, quandary, riot, shambles, snarl, turmoil

confusion

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.

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.

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The criteria used to distinguish delirium or acute confusion from other changes in mental status include:
Delirium or acute confusion is a common and potentially preventable problem in older hospitalized patients.
Acute confusion or delirium carries serious consequences.
Acute confusion in the elderly Nursing, 36(7), 78-83.
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.
Table 1 displays selected variables measured at the start of the observation period comparing those participants with acute confusion (AC) with those who had no confusion (No AC).
Generally, they have had limited success in explaining the variance or identifying the variables that predict the development of acute confusion (Foreman, 1991).
Acute confusion assessment instruments: Clinical versus research usability.
The NEECHAM Confusion Scale readily administered by the nurse as part of usual care, can provide information about the patient's severity of acute confusion as well as the likelihood that the patient will be able to report his discomfort, either verbally or with use of a visual scale.
Champagne M, Neelon V, McConnell E, Funk S: The NEECHAM Confusion Scale: Assessing acute confusion in the hospitalized and nursing home elderly.
Acute confusion is a clinical term used by health professionals which is consistent with the medical diagnosis of delirium.
Elders are uniquely prone to acute confusion as a consequence of the use of almost any medication and physical illness (Lipowski, 1992).

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