hi just need some additional thoughts and information. thanks :wink2:
Specializes in Nursing Home ,Dementia Care,Neurology..
Sep 2, 2008
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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