Injury prevention preventing choking and aspiration weak swallowing muscles poor cough or gag reflexes and dementia are just a few of the factors that put the elderly at risk of choking and aspiration. Introduction as people age the risk of injury or death from choking and aspiration increases the purpose of this program is to help caregivers of older adults prevent choking and aspiration the purpose of this program is to help caregivers of older adults prevent choking and aspiration. Preventing aspiration in older adults with dysphagia by norma a metheny phd rn faan saint louis university school of nursing why aspiration the misdirection of oropharyngeal secretions or gastric contents into the larynx and lower respiratory tract is common in older adults with dysphagia and can lead to aspiration pneumonia in fact the risk of pneumonia is three times higher in . An emphasis on prevention of aspiration pneumonia it is a common problem in the older adult population and a known cause of aspiration 7 approximately 15 of older adults are affected by dysphagia 8 with an estimated 70 of referrals to enteral tube feeding is often used to prevent aspiration 23 but it is not without . You can prevent choking by chewing your food well eating while sitting up and child proofing your home people with injuries that affect the swallowing process additionally certain activities or habits can also increase your risk of choking prevention of choking among children pediatrics vol 125 no 3 march 2010 pp 601 607 doi
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