Systematic Literature Review of Oral Hygiene Practices for Intensive Care Patients Receiving Mechanical Ventilation

Publisher:
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
American Journal Of Critical Care, 2007, 16 (6), pp. 552 - 562
Issue Date:
2007-01
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Background Oropharyngeal colonization with pathogenic organisms contributes to the development of ventilator associated pneumonia in intensive care units. Although considered basic and potentially nonessential nursing care, oral hygiene has been proposed as a key intervention for reducing ventilator-associated pneumonia. Nevertheless, evidence from randomized controlled trials that could inform best practice is limited.
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