Consensus based clinical guideline for oral hygiene in the critically ill

Angela M. Berry, Patricia M Davidson, Lisa Nicholson, Carmel Pasqualotto, Kaye Rolls

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Abstract

Objectives: Oropharyngeal colonisation has been identified as a factor contributing to ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). We sought to develop a clinical practice guideline for providing oral hygiene in the critically ill. Research methodology: Following a systematic literature review a prospectively derived consensus development conference was convened and sponsored by a clinical governance unit. Results: The consensus development conference generated 12 recommendations for tools and solutions; frequency and duration of cleaning; oral assessment tools and oral hygiene protocols. These recommendations underwent a validation process. Conclusions: In light of sparse high level evidence to inform guidelines, further research is needed inform clinical practice. Oral hygiene is a critical element of nursing care and a standardised approach has the potential to improve clinical outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-185
Number of pages6
JournalIntensive and Critical Care Nursing
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Oral Hygiene
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Clinical Governance
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Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia
Practice Guidelines
Intensive Care Units
Research Design
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Keywords

  • Clinical guidelines
  • Intensive care unit
  • Oral hygiene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care

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Consensus based clinical guideline for oral hygiene in the critically ill. / Berry, Angela M.; Davidson, Patricia M; Nicholson, Lisa; Pasqualotto, Carmel; Rolls, Kaye.

In: Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, Vol. 27, No. 4, 08.2011, p. 180-185.

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Berry, Angela M. ; Davidson, Patricia M ; Nicholson, Lisa ; Pasqualotto, Carmel ; Rolls, Kaye. / Consensus based clinical guideline for oral hygiene in the critically ill. In: Intensive and Critical Care Nursing. 2011 ; Vol. 27, No. 4. pp. 180-185.
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