There are four stages of pneumonia , which are consolidation, red hepatization, grey hepatization and resolution.
See your doctor to rule out pneumonia if shortness of breath , cough, or chest congestion also develop. Seek emergency care at a Dignity Health ER or urgent care clinic for the following symptoms: Bluish color of the lips or fingernails. Confusion or lethargy.
Complications of pneumonia in elderly adults Older adults are at risk for complications of pneumonia , including: Bacteremia, a potentially fatal infection that enters the bloodstream from the lungs and can spread to other organs. Pleurisy, an inflammation of the membrane that covers the lungs (pleura).
When you are caring for a senior with pneumonia , you can expect a recovery time as long as six to eight weeks. This increased recovery time is due to the weakened state of the elderly with the illness and their body’s inability to fight off the bacteria that pneumonia produces in their lungs.
The most common physical symptoms in the final stages are: feeling more severely out of breath. reducing lung function making breathing harder. having frequent flare-ups. finding it difficult to maintain a healthy body weight. feeling more anxious and depressed.
The signs and symptoms of pneumonia may include: Cough, which may produce greenish, yellow or even bloody mucus. Fever, sweating and shaking chills. Shortness of breath.
Anyone who is having trouble breathing or other severe symptoms should immediately be taken to the ER . Additionally, people in these groups who are experiencing pneumonia -like symptoms should come to the ER : Infants and small children. Seniors over age 65.
If your pneumonia is so severe that you are treated in the hospital , you may be given intravenous fluids and antibiotics, as well as oxygen therapy, and possibly other breathing treatments.
When to Seek Emergency Room Treatment for Pneumonia Go to a 24-hour emergency center immediately if you have any of the following symptoms: Difficulty breathing. Chest pain. Coughing up blood.
Pneumonia in the elderly happens fast and the prognosis is poor, and elderly are susceptible to severe Pneumonia . The mortality rate for severe pneumonia is as high as 20% . The principal cause of the death is respiratory insufficiency .
Pneumonia , an infection of the lungs, kills more than 50,000 Americans a year, the majority of whom are 65 or older. Pneumonia attacks air sacs in the lungs, causing them to become inflamed and sometimes filled with fluid.
Contagious illness is a common cause of pneumonia in seniors , and the flu isn’t the only one that’s of concern. Even a common cold can cause pneumonia in a vulnerable senior. Essentially, any underlying issue that affects the lungs can bring about an infection that causes inflammation or fluid buildup in the lungs.
How to Treat Pneumonia in Seniors Rest. Your body is able to fight off germs when you get adequate sleep. Hydration. Keeping your body well hydrated can prevent the build-up of mucus in the lungs. Follow doctor’s orders. A doctor may prescribe antibiotics if the pneumonia is caused by bacteria.
Recently, the effectiveness of rehabilitative management including physical, pulmonary, and dysphagia rehabilitation for aspiration pneumonia was reported. Several studies showed that early rehabilitation was associated with reduced mortality and early hospital discharge after aspiration pneumonia .
Most people do eventually recover from pneumonia . However, the 30-day mortality rate is 5 to 10 percent of hospitalized patients. It can be up to 30 percent in those admitted to intensive care.