What are some medicolegal factors physicians should consider when treating aspiration pneumonia?

Updated: Aug 15, 2018
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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The following may be medicolegal pitfalls:

  • Not recognizing or not weighing the risk for aspiration based on predisposing conditions

  • Feeding patients at high risk for aspiration

  • Resumption of feeding after intubation without assessing patient's ability to swallow and gastric motility

  • Delay in diagnosis of anaerobic lung abscess because of subacute presentation

  • Misdiagnosis of anaerobic lung abscess (mistaken for lung carcinoma or tuberculosis)


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