Pneumonia and sedation

  1. What is the reason that patients who are sedated are more susceptible to pneumonia? its in my hesi book.
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  3. by   EricJRN
    Think about how germs would get into the lungs and what we as alert, non-sedated people would be able to do to clear stuff out of our airways. Can you do that as easily if you're sedated, unconscious or suffering from a condition that affects your alertness?
  4. by   Nurse2Bforever
    Got it. Thank you.