COPD and slurred speech

  1. I noticed the slurred speech after a friend was dismissed from the hosptal after being diagnosed with COPD; I have never noticed this in any of my patients and need to know if the two go hand-in-hand; I'm really concerned about this guy, he's only 54! Thanks in advance for any ideas......
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  3. by   Jolie
    I'm not a med-surg nurse, but 2 things come to mind: Possible s/s of a stroke, and possible side-effects of medication.

    Please see that your friend gets medical attention immediately!
  4. by   Dinith88
    Quote from husker-nurse
    I noticed the slurred speech after a friend was dismissed from the hosptal after being diagnosed with COPD; I have never noticed this in any of my patients and need to know if the two go hand-in-hand; I'm really concerned about this guy, he's only 54! Thanks in advance for any ideas......
    NO they dont go hand-in-hand. Was he drunk?
  5. by   husker-nurse
    No, not drunk, and I am VERY concerned that not one of his healthcare providers noticed nor questioned this while he was a patient! I DID try to get him to go back to see his doc, but he won't go! WHY DID NO ONE EVEN ASK HIM ABOUT THIS???? I just spoke to him again yesterday, and the slurred speech is still present, and he thinks if there was a problem, his doctor would have said something. I don't get it! (and thanks for your responses!)

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