Aspiration Pneumonia in Elderly
Aspiration pneumonia in Elderly is an inflammation of the lungs and bronchial tubes caused by introduction of a foreign substance to the respiratory tract. This is unfortunately a common danger faced by elderly patients in nursing care, some of whom lack an effective gag reflex because they are not fully alert or conscious.
Aspiration pneumonia can be deadly, which is why medical intervention is immediately required. Symptoms of aspiration pneumonia include:
- Persistent cough (often accompanied with foul-smelling or green sputum)
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Bluish skin coloration (from insufficient oxygen)
- Rapid pulse/heart rate
- Excessive sweating
- Difficulty swallowing
Nursing Care and Preventing Aspiration Pneumonia
Caretakers, nurses and assisted living staff should be trained in ways to reduce the risk of aspiration pneumonia, including monitoring patients during meals, maintaining beds at proper angles, adhering to dietary requirements, preparing food properly and more.
Many cases of aspiration pneumonia are caused by assisted living and even skilled nursing staff not following proper procedures, not having appropriate training or the facility having insufficient staff to properly monitor and safeguard patients.
Contact a California Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyer for Aspiration Pneumonia in Elderly.
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