Oral Care Practices for Seriously Ill and Nursing Home Patients
This program equips you with knowledge and tools to assess the risks of poor oral hygiene, and implement protocols for oral cleanliness and disease prevention. Topics include biochemical and biomechanical functions of the oral cavities; biofilms, flora, and pathogens; effects of serious illness on the oral cavity, larynx, and immune system; classifications and predictors of pneumonias; and relationships among oral care, diseases, and illnesses (including associated symptoms, such as dysphagia). Specific observational and formal risk assessment tools are provided, along with a review of evidence-based oral care programs.
You will be able to:
- discuss physiological changes to the oropharyngeal environment and their causes resulting from serious illness onset
- trace the implications of oropharyngeal changes in the development of pneumonia in acute and critically-ill patients and nursing care residents
- use observational and formal assessment tools to determine the potential risk of improper or poor oral hygiene to patients/residents
- explain the purposes of and apply specific cleaning practices, protocols, and procedures in oral care
- describe the roles of the health care team to ensure proper care of the oropharynx
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