Managing pulmonary aspiration in service users
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Managing pulmonary aspiration in service users

Brett Davison Nursing student, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk
Nicola Morrell Lecturer in pre-registration nursing, University of Central Lancashire, Preston

Brett Davison and Nicola Morrell explain how practitioners should manage the care of people with learning disabilities who have aspirated food

People with learning disabilities who are fed enterally often have complications, including pulmonary aspiration. The aim of this article is to give learning disability nurses and other healthcare professionals an insight into the condition and how to manage it in patients with learning disabilities. It also reviews the ‘ABCDE’ approach to physical assessment, and discusses care options for patients with learning disabilities and their families.

Learning Disability Practice. 17, 3, 14-18. doi: 10.7748/ldp2014.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 24 June 2013

Accepted: 17 January 2014

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