NURS-6521N-42 Discussion Week 4 Response 2 to Katie Schlingmann Hi Katie, Thanks for your interesting and informative post on pneumonia! Many of the elderly still live in their homes and lead meaningful lives in their community; however, many of them have comorbidities, dysfunctions in swallowing, and a less than optimal nutritional status—all of which have been implicated in increasing the incidence of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). CAP causes remarkable mortality and morbidly and is seen more often than nosocomial or institutional pneumonia. Among common reasons for hospital admissions in people 65 y/o and older, CAP ranks only third. Although pneumonia can affect anyone, those at the highest risk are 65y/o or older and children two y/o and younger (Mayo Clinic, 2018; Simonetti, Viasus, Garcia-Vidal, & Carratala, 2014). Another issue to consider in the elderly is that sometimes they don’t exhibit early signs or symptoms that could warn family, caretakers, or providers that they have an infection (chest pain, shortness of breath, high fever, shaking chills, joint pain and muscle aches, etc.), but rather
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