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AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000435343.38287.3a
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Mouth Care to Reduce Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

Booker, Staja MS, BSN, RN; Murff, Sharon MSN, RN, CCRN; Kitko, Lisa PhD, RN, CCRN; Jablonski, Rita PhD, RN, CRNP

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Abstract

Overview: Despite the well-established association between good oral hygiene and the prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), the importance of mouth care in infection control is seldom recognized. The authors discuss the pathophysiology of VAP and why oral care is crucial to its prevention. They also provide an evidence-based, step-by-step guide to providing optimal oral care for intubated patients.

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