Swallowing and Ventilators

T/F Pt's must learn to coordinate vent breaths and swallowing.


What may indicate greater issues with swallowing on ventilation?

previous case of dysphagia

List issues that may arise with swallowing on mechanical ventilation.

- increased bacteria colonization- disuse atrophy of swallowing musculature- more tube feeding may be required- stress ulcers

Why do we see less stress ulcers among these pt's?

- better prophylactic medication management

T/F Mechanical ventilation changes breathing/swallowing/apnea coordination.


T/F Pt's on mechanical ventilation have increased psychosocial issues due to vent dependence.

True; anxiety