Mouth care to reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia

Staja Booker, Sharon Murff, Lisa Kitko, Rita Jablonski

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Abstract

Overview: Despite the well-established association between good oral hygiene and the prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), the importance of mouth care in infection control is seldom recognized. The authors discuss the pathophysiology of VAP and why oral care is crucial to its prevention. They also provide an evidence-based, step-by-step guide to providing optimal oral care for intubated patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-30
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Nursing
Volume113
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)

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