What to do if a patient is aspirating?
When a patient begins aspirating, you must begin suctioning the airway immediately.
Mortality is closely tied to the volume of fluid a patient aspirates.
By promptly suctioning the airway, you reduce exposure to contaminants and can lower the risk of hypoxia and other complications..
What happens if you aspirate?
When food, drink, or stomach contents make their way into your lungs, they can damage the tissues there. The damage can sometimes be severe. Aspiration also increases your risk of pneumonia. This is an infection of the lungs that causes fluid to build up in the lungs.
How long after aspiration do symptoms occur?
Symptoms usually occur within the first hour of aspiration, but almost all patients have symptoms within 2 hours of aspiration.
Is aspiration a medical emergency?
Aspiration does not always require medical treatment. However, if any of the following symptoms arise, call 911 or go to the emergency room: choking or a blocked airway. noisy breathing.