Oral health care and aspiration pneumonia in frail older people

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A number of previous studies have highlighted the risk of poor oral health as a potential risk factor for aspirational pneumonia in frail older people. The aim of this review was to review the literature on oral health care interventions in frail older people and the effect on the incidence of aspiration pneumonia. The authors [read the full story…]

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…]