Aspiration - Risks, Recognition, and Prevention
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Aspiration events can be sudden and dramatic, and can cause significant complications. Some episodes of aspiration can be very minor and the patient may remain asymptomatic. Common causes of aspiration include stroke, drug or alcohol overdose, dysphagia, neurologic diseases, prolonged vomiting and traumatic brain injury. The signs and symptoms of aspiration can vary. Screening for aspiration is a vital part of patient care and the evaluation of patients for their risk for aspiration should be done on during an initial patient assessment and repeated as necessary.
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- Swallowing and the Gag Reflex
- Phases of Swallowing
- Gag and Cough Reflex
- Causes of Aspiration
- Signs and Symptoms of Aspiration
- Prevention of Aspiration
- Case Study - Aspiration Pneumonia