Mouth care and ventilator-associated pneumonia

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For critically  ill patients  receiving mechanical ventilation, ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a life threatening condition. Incidence rates varies and mortality rates can be as high as 50% . The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects brushing teeth twice daily with purified water on VAP rates and oral health or hygiene in postneurosurgical, [read the full story…]

Toothbrushing to reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia pathogens and dental plaque in a critical care unit

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Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a life-threatening condition in critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilation. The incidence of VAP in varies between 9% and 45%  with mortality rates of up to 50% . It is accompanied by an increase both in length of stay in intensive care units ICU and healthcare. The aim of this trial [read the full story…]