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Just FYI - a neuropsych consult is not needed, per se. Neuropsychologists are PHDs.... not medical doctors.... and are not helpful in the hospital setting. Neuropsychological testing refers to a long serious of complicated cognitive and behavioral tests to help assess someone with long standing dementia (like Alzheimer's) or cognitive/psychiatric problems. Those are done as outpatient and never for an inpatient who is newly confused like your MIL. You really just need a basic neurology consult for causes of delirium (fluctuating inattention/confusion). Psychiatrists don't have as much knowledge base for a thorough consult, but certainly should be called if the neurologist is concerned that depression is contributing to the picture.
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