Aspiration Pneumonia in the Elderly
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Aspiration Pneumonia in The Elderly
Aspiration pneumonia can be deadly, which is why medical intervention is immediately required. Symptoms of aspiration pneumonia include:
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.