Over a month ago my Dad was hospitalized and treated for aspiration pneumonia. His ability to swallow properly was becoming increasingly compromised and we could hear a rattle in his chest when he breathed. The doctors and the nurses in the nursing home kept telling us that he was 'ok' but we felt something was wrong. When he ran a temperature of 101 for two days the doctor told us there was nothing more he could do for him (they were finally treating him with antibiotics and breathing treatments.) Just a couple of days ago I inquired as to what meds he is receiving and found out that every morning he was getting 'crushed potassium' in applesauce.
I just want to let everyone know that 'crushed potassium' is CAUSTIC to the throat, esophogus and the entire digestive system for that matter. It causes inflammation and a narrowing of the esophogus which will cause mild to moderate dysphagia to become severe. Upon finding out this information I called the doctor and ordered that it be discontinued immediately. Dad is eating and swallowing a little bit better now but I can't help but be extremely concerned as to what degree of damage this negligence has inflicted on him and what pain he must be enduring.
I can not begin to put into words how angry I am. Ask alot of questions and do your own research to help protect your loved ones. I wish I had found this out sooner ... alot sooner.