Routine oral care help protect critical care patients against pneumonia

  1. from advance for

    poll shows reduction in number of serious hospital-acquired infections

    a recent opinion poll showed that hospitals are taking steps to monitor and reduce the second most common hospital-acquired infection - ventilator-associated pneumonia (vap).

    results showed that an overwhelming 85 percent of infection control practitioners who responded indicated that their hospital actively tracks vap incidence and 80 percent of respondents said that oral hygiene is important to helping to prevent vap.

    the poll was conducted by sage products inc. at the association for practitioners of infection control and epidemiology conference june 19-23.

    "there is an increased focus on national quality improvement, stirred by programs such as the institute for healthcare improvement's 100k lives campaign," said scott brown, senior vice president, sage products, inc. "efforts to reduce vap and other hospital-acquired infections are increasing in priority."

    according to cdc's national nosocomial infection surveillance system (nnis) databases, vap is a common hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia that has a mortality rate of 20-33 percent and accounts for 60 percent of all deaths due to hospital-associated infections...
  2. Visit NRSKarenRN profile page

    About NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator

    Joined: Oct '00; Posts: 27,463; Likes: 13,676
    Utilization Review, prior Intake Mgr Home Care; from PA , US
    Specialty: 40 year(s) of experience in Home Care, Vents, Telemetry, Home infusion


  3. by   lovingtheunloved
    I am the oral care preacher.
  4. by   Tweety
    Our vented patients in ICU are getting their teeth brushed I think q4h. They decreased nosicomial VAP significantly by doing this. Who would have thought plague can cause pneumonia?
  5. by   pickledpepperRN
    Thank you so much Karen.
    This is important!
  6. by   MarySunshine
    We use peridex dipped swabs and I have always just brushed over all of their teeth for less than a minute and rubbed the swab over the tongue as well. Is this sufficiently thorough to prevent VAP?
  7. by   minnib
    I know in our ICU there is a specific flow sheet just for mouthcare because of what studies have found about the connection between CC pts and pneumonia; esp, vented pts.