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Table 2 High-risk factors for aspiration

From: Enteral tolerance in critically ill patients

Inability to protect the airway
Presence of a nasoenteric access device
Mechanical ventilation
Age >70 years
Reduced level of consciousness
Poor oral care
Inadequate nurse to patient ratio
Supine positioning
Neurologic deficits
Gastroesophageal reflux
Transport out of the ICU
Use of bolus intermittent EN