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Why do elderly need thickened liquids?

Thickened drinks are normal drinks that have a thickener added to make them thicker. They are often recommended for people who can no longer swallow normal fluids safely, because drinks go into their lungs, causing coughing, choking or more serious risks such as a chest infection and aspiration pneumonia.

What is a thickened diet?

Thickened liquids are a medical dietary adjustment that thickens the consistency of fluids in order to prevent choking. Thickened liquids are recommended for individuals who have difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) and keeping food or liquid from entering their airway.

Do thickened liquids prevent aspiration?

The rapid rate may be too fast for the patient’s pharyngeal muscles to compensate, thus allowing aspiration. Thickening the liquids is meant to slow the flow of liquids to allow more time for airway closure, which could potentially reduce the risk of aspiration.

Can Provale Cup be used with thickened liquids?

Note: NOT for use with thickened liquids. Provale Cup is for thin liquids only. Care: Dishwasher-safe.

Is a runny nose a sign of aspiration?

Signs and Symptoms of Dysphagia. 23) Myth: A runny nose while eating is a sure sign of aspiration. Truth: While a person who is aspirating may have a runny nose, watery eyes, and cough, the presence of only a runny nose while eating is not a predictor of dysphagia.

What are the signs and symptoms of aspiration pneumonia?

Symptoms

  • Chest pain.
  • Coughing up foul-smelling, greenish or dark phlegm (sputum), or phlegm that contains pus or blood.
  • Fatigue.
  • Fever.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Wheezing.
  • Breath odor.
  • Excessive sweating.

How long can you live with aspiration pneumonia?

Though it is not the most common type of pneumonia, aspiration pneumonia is a life-threatening and largely preventable disease. In a 2013 study, it was calculated that 21% of cases involving aspiration pneumonia culminated in death within 30 days.

What is the best antibiotic for aspiration pneumonia?

The choice of antibiotics for community-acquired aspiration pneumonia is ampicillin-sulbactam, or a combination of metronidazole and amoxicillin can be used. In patients with penicillin allergy, clindamycin is preferred.

Can you treat aspiration pneumonia at home?

Get plenty of rest and sleep. You may feel weak and tired for a while, but your energy level will improve with time. Take care of your cough so you can rest. A cough that brings up mucus from your lungs is common with pneumonia.