What are pneumonia precautions?

What are pneumonia precautions?

Get lots of rest. Drink plenty of fluids (they’ll loosen up the gunk in your lungs so you can cough it out). Use a humidifier or take a warm bath (more gunk-loosening). Don’t smoke.

What lab tests are done for pneumonia?


  • Blood tests. Blood tests are used to confirm an infection and to try to identify the type of organism causing the infection.
  • Chest X-ray. This helps your doctor diagnose pneumonia and determine the extent and location of the infection.
  • Pulse oximetry.
  • Sputum test.

What chemicals can cause pneumonia?

Chlorine gas (breathed in from cleaning materials such as chlorine bleach, during industrial accidents, or near swimming pools) Grain and fertilizer dust. Noxious fumes from pesticides. Smoke (from house fires and wildfires)

How do you position a patient with pneumonia?

Lateral decubitus positioning with “the good side down” can significantly improve oxygenation in many adult patients with unilateral parenchymal lung disease (e.g., lobar pneumonia). In the intensive care unit, continuous rotational therapy has been reported to reduce pulmonary complications.

What is the first line diagnostic test for pneumonia?

Pneumonia is usually diagnosed by a combination of clinical history, physical examination and/or laboratory tests. According to most clinical guidelines globally, the supposed gold standard tool for diagnosing pneumonia is a chest X-ray (CXR) which can distinguish pneumonia from other respiratory tract infections3,4.

How does aspiration cause pneumonia?

Aspiration pneumonia occurs when food, saliva, liquids, or vomit is breathed into the lungs or airways leading to the lungs, instead of being swallowed into the esophagus and stomach. The major features of the lungs include the bronchi, the bronchioles and the alveoli.

How do you prevent aspiration pneumonia?

How can I prevent aspiration pneumonia or reduce my risk of getting aspiration pneumonia?

  1. Avoid drinking alcohol to excess and using recreational drugs.
  2. Stay upright when you are eating.
  3. Chew slowly and completely.
  4. If you have problems swallowing (things often “go down the wrong pipe”), talk to your healthcare provider.

Why is positioning important for a patient with pneumonia?

Changing position is important to break through the routine monotonic delivery of mechanical ventilation and to favor the clearance of respiratory secretions, the prevention of pressure sores and ventilator acquired pneumonia, and the improvement in lung volume and oxygenation.