Oral hygiene reduces respiratory infections in elderly bed-bound nursing home patients.

@article{Yoneyama1996OralHR,
  title={Oral hygiene reduces respiratory infections in elderly bed-bound nursing home patients.},
  author={Tatsuya Yoneyama and Kenji Hashimoto and Hisao Fukuda and Mayumi Ishida and Hidenori Arai and Kiyohisa Sekizawa and Metstuo Yamaya and Hidetada Sasaki},
  journal={Archives of gerontology and geriatrics},
  year={1996},
  volume={22 1},
  pages={11-9}
}
In the elderly, aspiration is a common and serious problem. A procedure to minimize respiratory infections caused by silent aspiration was conducted on elderly bed-bound nursing home patients who suffered mainly from cerebral infarction and dementia. Oral care was provided by a dentist and a dental hygienist once a day and the mouth cleansed with povidone iodine by nurses after each meal to restrict respiratory bacterial infection caused by silent aspiration. In period I, neither group of… CONTINUE READING
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