Prevention of Pneumonia in Geriatric Patients
The featured speaker at Medical Grand Rounds at Peninsula Hospital Center on September 21 was Hope Baylow, MA, CCC-SLP, BRS-S, Director of Communication Disorders at the Health Center and the Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation (PCECR). The topic of Baylow's program was "The Prevention of Pneumonia in the Geriatric Population."
The objectives laid out by Baylow for her Grand Rounds presentation included understanding the role of aspiration as a cause for pneumonia; early interventions to avoid aspiration; and the role of the speech-language pathologist in preventing aspiration pneumonia. Baylow's target population at Peninsula includes all geriatric stroke patients with pneumonia which can be related to swallowing problems. According to Baylow, approximately 50 percent of all stroke patients will develop swallowing disorders while they are hospitalized, and 35 percent of those patients can develop pneumonia. Since Peninsula is a NYS designated Stroke Center, many patients with this condition are seen both at the Hospital Center and at Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation (PCECR) in addition to the Emergency Department. Patients benefit from Baylow and the Hospital Center's team of speech language pathologists who are trained to identify swallowing problems in stroke victims.
Medical Grand Rounds drew a large crowd of representatives from the nursing department, physical therapy, occupational therapy, allied health professionals, the department of medicine, medical students, interns and graduate students.