Help Prevent Pneumonia Take an Active Part in Your Recovery

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Keep head of bed up at least 30
degrees (unless contraindicated, e.g.
risk for skin breakdown)
Do deep breathing and coughing
(Use an incentive spirometer if indicated)
Sit up on the edge of the bed as
soon as you can and/or ask to sit in
a chair for meals
Walk 1 to 3 times every day. If you
have a urinary catheter, ask if it can be
removed. If pain prevents you from
getting up, ask for pain relief
medication.
Clean your teeth and your mouth
twice a day.
Adapted from FH NSQIP team October 2013
The information in this document is intended solely for the person
to whom it was given by the health care team.
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