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

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ken143 ken143 (New) New

hi just need some additional thoughts and information. thanks :wink2:

nightmare, LPN

Specializes in Nursing Home ,Dementia Care,Neurology..

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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