Quote from Maxs
When facilities are fully staffed, then CNA's will have time to do oral care.
This is true, but the patients should not have to be neglected because of it.
Recently, I got a patient on the surgical floor who had fallen at the local nursing home and broke her hip. When I went to take her teeth out, I had to pry them out. Once out, the dentures was covered in green mold towards the back, the roof of the patient's mouth had black eschar from the pressure, as did the bottom gums. The odor was so bad that I had to go and vomit! I can tolerate alot, but that was awful!!!
We did blood cultures on thei lady, due to the mold, and guess what??? They were positive for MRSA, VRE, and another one I cannot remember. This lady was in bad shape because of it. Her surgery had to be put off for 72 hours.
That was outright neglect AND abuse!!!! Short-staffed is NO EXCUSE!!!