Hospital acquired pneumonia (HAP) is prevalent and associated with increased morbidity/mortality, length of stay, and costs. This study examined staff knowledge and attitudes towards oral care, and effective intervention to decrease HAP, before and after implementation of an evidence-based Oral Care Protocol.
Learning Outcome: After completing this education activity, the learner will be able to identify potential staff and system-level barriers (related to attitudes and knowledge) to the implementation of an evidence-based oral care protocol.
Contact hours available until 6/30/22.
Requirements for Successful Completion: Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online CNE evaluation.
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Accreditation Statement: This education activity is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ) and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN).
Anthony J Jannetti, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
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This article was reviewed and formatted for contact hour credit by Michele Boyd, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, AMSN Education Director.
Staff Knowledge and Attitudes toward Oral Care in an Acute Care Hospital Pre- and Post-Implementation of an Evidence-Based Practice Change
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7/9/20 4:47 pm
Basic oral care can prevent HAP
8/9/20 1:10 am
8/12/20 8:48 pm
During my practice as an RN, and my observation during the clinical time with my students, I notice mouth care as the most neglected nursing care in healthcare hospitals. Since, the patients admitted to the hospital are sicker, the priority goes around completing the scheduled tasks. There is no fixed time for mouth care. The mouth care practice are not audited or directly observed by the supervisors. Those who are not able to perform mouth care independently may be very sick that they are not in a condition to request for one or complain about it. Since it is not associated with any charges, I don't think the insurance companies also monitor the practice, unless the patients develop a complication and the hospitals stay is prolonged.
8/28/20 11:41 pm
Mouth care is very important practice to decrease infections. Very informative and educative.
9/7/20 11:32 am
Great information. More needs done. This is more important than realized.