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Pneumonia-

  • an inflammation of the lungs
  • a complication arises due to inability to cough out secretions
  • classified according to causative agent like bacterial, viral, or chemical

Factors or circumstances that predisposes to develop pneumonia are the following:
  • Aged individuals- who cannot cough effectively to expectorate secretions
  • patient with chronic bronchitis or emphysema
  • patient with cardiac failure
  • patient with pulmonary congestion
  • individuals who are intoxicated chemically
  • patient who are bedridden for prolonged period in bed- relatively immobile and breath shallowly
  • patient unable to cough effectively because of disability- shock or result of sedation with cough suppressing drug
  • aspiration of foreign material into the lungs during period of unconsciousness like for example during anesthesia

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