Oral health status and development of ventilator-associated pneumonia: a descriptive study.

@article{Munro2006OralHS,
  title={Oral health status and development of ventilator-associated pneumonia: a descriptive study.},
  author={Cindy L Munro and Mary Jo Grap and Ronald K Elswick and Jessica L Mckinney and Curtis N. Sessler and Russell S. Hummel},
  journal={American journal of critical care : an official publication, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses},
  year={2006},
  volume={15 5},
  pages={453-60}
}
BACKGROUND Ventilator-associated pneumonia is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality and may be influenced by oral health. OBJECTIVE To describe the relationship between ventilator-associated pneumonia and oral health status, changes in oral health status during the first 7 days after intubation, and microbial colonization of the oropharynx and trachea. METHODS A total of 66 patients were enrolled within 24 hours of intubation and were followed up for up to 7 days. Data on oral… CONTINUE READING

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