Using a Monitored Sip Test to Assess Risk of Aspiration in Postoperative Patients

Osborne, Sonya, Gardner, Glenn, Gardner, Anne, Franklin, Susan, Tuohy, Elizabeth, and Fisher, Alex (2006) Using a Monitored Sip Test to Assess Risk of Aspiration in Postoperative Patients. AORN Journal, 83 (4). pp. 908-928.

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Pulmonary aspiration is associated with high morbidity and mortality and significantly increased health care costs related to the pulmonary sequelae that can result. Aspiration is the single most important factor in older adult morbidity and mortality. (1) Furthermore, respiratory complications continue to be one of the largest causes of major complications after surgery, and older adult patients are particularly at risk. (2-5)

A study was conducted to investigate the efficacy of a simple, noninvasive screening test--a monitored sip test--in identifying older adult postoperative patients at risk for aspiration. Early screening using the sip test may identify patients at risk for aspiration, including "silent aspirators" (ie, patients who demonstrate no outward signs of aspiration, such as coughing and choking), and enable early implementation of processes to prevent postoperative aspiration-related lung injury.

Item ID: 10383
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0001-2092
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2010 01:24
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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