Core body temperature changes in patients that were diagnosed with aspiration pneumonia or bibasal crepitations. The core body temperature of each patient on the study was monitored three times per day for the three day (Days -3 to -1) pre-intervention period and five days (Days 1 to 5) post-intervention. The mean daily temperature of the six patients in the intervention group (each patient is indicated by a different symbol), that developed aspiration pneumonia or bibasal crepitations is shown. The findings indicate a spike in mean core body temperature two to three days after the ingestion of water, corresponding to the time of the first signs of aspiration pneumonia or bibasal crepitations. In all cases, the rise in temperature subsided with the administration of antibiotics.
Karagiannis et al. BMC Geriatrics 2011 11:9 doi:10.1186/1471-2318-11-9