Why should a patient be suctioned every 30 minutes while receiving paralytic agents? | allnurses

Why should a patient be suctioned every 30 minutes while receiving paralytic agents?

  1. 0 hi just need some additional thoughts and information. thanks :wink2:
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    If they are receiving paralytic agents,such as curare(don't know if that's still used nowadays) then they have no swallow reflex or cough reflex to clear their own airways/lungs.Lying flat the natural secretions build up and need to be mechanically cleared otherwise the lungs fill with fluid and then infection such as pneumonia can occur.

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