Aspiration Pneumonia

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1.50

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Expiration Date

31 Dec 2023

Last Reviewed

1 Jan 2021

Estimated Time To Finish

90 Minutes

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The infectious pulmonary process that occurs after abnormal entry of fluids into the lower respiratory tract is termed aspiration pneumonia. The aspirated fluid can be oropharyngeal secretions or particulate matter or can also be gastric content. The term aspiration pneumonitis refers to inhalational acute lung injury that occurs after aspiration of sterile gastric contents. In an observational study, it is found that the risk of patients hospitalized for community-acquired pneumonia in developing aspiration pneumonia is found to be about 13.8%. The mortality rate from aspiration pneumonia is largely dependent on the volume and content of aspirate and can be up to 70%. This activity describes the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of aspiration pneumonia and highlights the role of team-based interprofessional care for affected patients.

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At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the pathophysiology of aspiration pneumonia.
  • Review the evaluation of patients with aspiration pneumonia.
  • Outline the treatment and management options available for aspiration pneumonia.
  • Summarize interprofessional team strategies for improving care and outcomes in patients with aspiration pneumonia.

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  • Critical Care Medicine
  • General Operative Anesthesia
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Infectious Disease
American Board of Pathology
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Infectious Diseases/Medical Microbiology
  • Pulmonary, Mediastinum
American Board of Pediatrics
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatric Pulmonology

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