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Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) requiring oxygen therapy and suctioning

Contributed on April 8, 2015, last updated June 29, 2022.



Lindsay Beavers, PT, MPT, BSc.Kin, Universty of Toronto, St. Michael’s Hospital
Erin Miller, PT, MScPT, MHM, BHSc, Universty of Toronto, Toronto East General Hospital
Sharon Switzer-McIntyre, BPE, BScPT, MEd, PhD, University of Toronto

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Mrs. Parmar is a 88 y.o female who presented to hospital 4/7 ago with a persistent cough and general malaise x 1/52. She was admitted to the General Internal Medicine ward with the dx of CAP. Her O2 sats have begun to decline, so the physiotherapy and nursing students must recognize the issue, perform a respiratory assessment, increase oxygen therapy and effectively provide suction.

Learning Objectives:

Primary Objective:

Efficiently and effectively suction the patient

Secondary Objectives:

Communicate effectively with staff present to obtain a subjective information and relay treatment plan
Complete an objective chest assessment
Identify and perform the appropriate treatment option

Simulation Modality:



Beavers L, Miller E, Switzer-McIntyre S. Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) requiring oxygen therapy and suctioning. Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2015. Available from

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Target Learners




Respiratory Therapy


Graduate / postgraduate / residency
Undergraduate / post-secondary

Fields / Disciplines:

Critical care
Emergency / trauma

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