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oral care protocol?

Oral care can significantly impact the risk factors for pneumonia in ventilated and non-ventilated patients.

Pneumonia is the #1
hospital-acquired infection1

Patients shouldn’t have to worry about getting sicker during their hospital stay. But the risk of pneumonia is real—and not just for ventilated, elderly, or ICU patients.

Did you know?
  • Pneumonia is the most common type of infection and accounts for 25% of all hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).2
  • NV-HAP has a mortality rate of 16%.3
  • In a multistate prevalence study, 65% of hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) was non-ventilator HAP (NV-HAP).2

Improving patient oral hygiene can significantly impact the risk factors for pneumonia.4

Did you know?
  • Within 48 hours of admission, the normal oral flora changes to include respiratory pathogens not normally found in healthy individuals.5
  • Every 4-6 hours 20 billion microbes replicate in the oral cavity.6

Current guidelines for prevention of NV-HAP:4

The American Dental Association-approved protocol calls for the use of evidence-based oral care in the acute care setting.

Routine oral care following an evidence-based protocol is a fundamental part of patient care to reduce NV-HAP risk related to oropharyngeal colonization.

Oral care with the right products and educational support addresses the most common modifiable risk factor for pneumonia and has the potential to improve healthcare quality and make healthcare safer for patients.

Supplies should be easily accessible in all hospital units for use by nurses and patients:

Soft-bristled toothbrush

Toothpaste with sodium bicarbonate

Alcohol-free antiseptic mouth rinse

Nonpetroleum-based moisturizer

The American Dental Association-approved protocol calls for the use of evidence-based oral care in the acute care setting.

Routine oral care following an evidence-based protocol is a fundamental part of patient care to reduce NV-HAP risk related to oropharyngeal colonization.

Oral care with the right products and educational support addresses the most common modifiable risk factor for pneumonia and has the potential to improve healthcare quality and make healthcare safer for patients.

Supplies should be easily accessible in all hospital units for use by nurses and patients:

Soft-bristled toothbrush

Toothpaste with sodium bicarbonate

Alcohol-free antiseptic mouth rinse

Nonpetroleum-based moisturizer

Sage Self Oral Care can help you reduce the risk of pneumonia

All-in-one, single use system provides thorough oral care.

• Easy for you and your patients to use.
• Can minimize direct contact with the patient.
• Can remain at bedside and doesn’t require nurse assistance to use.
• Assembled in the USA from foreign and domestic components.

#OralCareForAll means providing the necessary products and support for your ventilated and non-ventilated patients to help perform appropriate oral care and improve outcomes.

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References: 1. Magill SS, O’Leary E, Janelle SJ, et al., Changes in Prevalence of Health Care-Associated Infections in U.S. Hospitals. N Eng J Med. Nov 1, 2018;379:1732-44. 2. Magill SS, Edwards JR, Bamburg W, et al., Multistate Point-Prevalence Survey of Health Care-Associated Infections, New England Journal of Medicine, 2014;(370):1198-208. 3. Baker D, Quinn B. Hospital Acquired Pneumonia Prevention Initiative-2: Incidence of nonventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia in the United States. American Journal of Infection Control. 2018;46(1):2-7. 4. Quinn B, Giuliano KK, Baker D, Non-ventilator health care-associated pneumonia (NV-HAP): Best practices for prevention of NV-HAP, American Journal of Infection Control 48 (2020) A23-A27. 5. Vollman K, Sole ML, Quinn B. Procedure 4 – Endotracheal Tube Care and Oral Care Practices for Ventilated and Non-ventilated Patients. In: AACN Procedure Manual for High Acuity, Progressive, and Critical Care. 7th Edition. Vol 37. 2nd ed. ELSEVIER. 6. Quinn B, Baker DL. Comprehensive oral care helps prevent hospital acquired nonventilator pneumonia. American Nurse Today. 2015;10(3):18-23.

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