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The impact of oral care on oral health status and prevention of VAP in critically ill patients

The impact of oral care on oral health status and prevention of VAP in critically ill patients

Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is one of the most common nosocomial infections which increase mortality rate and length stay of hospitalization. Oral care would not only improve patient’s oral health and well-being, but it can also reduce the incidence rate of ventilator-associated pneumonia.

This clinical trial recruited 100 participants who were randomly assigned to a control group (receiving oral care by nurses) and an intervention group (receiving systematic care by the researcher) during 2015–2016.

Although following a systematic oral care program could not significantly decrease the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia in critically ill patients compared to the conventional oral care practices, it significantly improved the oral health and mucosal-plaque index.

CriticalCare.news
April 26, 2017