Hi everyone, "newby nurse" just have a quick question. After being a nurse for 4 months now at LTC, I have noticed that patients who are exhibiting "changes in mental status" almost always test positive for UTIs. My question is why does this happen to older patients? They become confused and some even hallucinate. What is the chemistry behind this? Why does this particular infection affect older patients in this way?
Thank you in advance for any information you can provide!