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10) When combined with an impaired ability to use expired air to clear the larynx and protect the airway, a weak swallow may contribute to an increased risk for aspiration of pharyngeal contents, which in turn can lead to aspiration pneumonia.
Although all 30 of these patients were on thickened liquids because of risk for aspiration of thin liquids, only 10 were confirmed to aspirate on thin liquids via modified barium swallow and an additional 12 demonstrated signs of aspiration on bedside evaluation.
Residents with jejunostomy feedings are at less risk for aspiration as the feeding is being delivered distal to the pyloric and cardiac sphincters, which provide a protective mechanism against aspiration.
cognitive dysfunction, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders, or other neuromuscular disorders) that can compromise respiratory function or the handling of respiratory secretions or that can increase the risk for aspiration -- Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities -- Anyone who lives or cares for people at high risk for influenza-related complications -- Healthcare providers -- Household contacts and caregivers of children from birth to 5 years of age and adults age 50 and older -- All children aged 6-59 months
The goals of allied health involvement are to keep the patient mobile, sustain range of motion, incorporate breathing exercises to enhance lung capacity, and evaluate dysphagia that could place the patient at risk for aspiration.
Adults and children who have any condition that can impair respiratory function or that can increase the risk for or the handling of respiratory secretions or that can increase the risk for aspiration (for example, cognitive dysfunction, spinal cord injuries, seizure disorders, or other neuromuscular disorders);
As antipsychotics have been associated with esophageal dysmotility and aspiration, ABILIFY(R) (aripiprazole) should be used cautiously in patients at risk for aspiration pneumonia.
Healthcare professionals have been unsuccessful in identifying patients at high risk for aspiration pneumonia.

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